A poem by Cameron Morse

The same, always
the same are you here
waiting for me.
The drama of my life
a storm-tossed sailor
is right, Augustine. 
Sameness, subside.
Let me subsist on this
moment           minted
in shadow        in sheaths
of grass            gone to seed
gone to God    with their grievances
to the burnt-out           socket
of the sun.       Envelope
in darkness      my furry little
rabbit’s foot,   my trembling
morsel              of human
flesh    the shush in my ear
its ribs of cartilage
its flesh clothes. 


Cameron Morse was diagnosed with a glioblastoma in 2014. With a 14.6 month life expectancy, he entered the Creative Writing Program at the University of Missouri—Kansas City and, in 2018, graduated with an M.F.A. His poems have been published in numerous magazines, including New Letters, Bridge Eight, Portland Review and South Dakota Review. His first poetry collection, Fall Risk, won Glass Lyre Press’s 2018 Best Book Award. His latest is Baldy (Spartan Press, 2020). He lives with his wife Lili and two children in Blue Springs, Missouri, where he serves as poetry editor for Harbor Review. For more information, check out his Facebook page or website.  

Photo by Niketh Vollanki / NASA

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