On this Inspirational Sunday, we are proud to present Babalwa Malgas’s poignantly majestic poem she wrote about her breast cancer journey:
“Today was different,
As I watch my hands trace the contours of my body, I felt my soft skin against the velvet rubbing of my hands,
Suddenly I felt the rush of sea waves and tasted the salt.
The taste was different from 3 years ago. Today it was soul-fulfilling. I continued with my journey and discovered the unique islands around my stomach.
Yesterday I called them bruises,
Today I call them evidence.
Oh yes, my second chance in life.
I felt the stretching of the corners of my m…outh. It was a smile. A smile from the memories,
Memories of the dark clouds before the sun shines,
Memories of a coward who once thought she was dying.
A smile of new memories. A smile of Courage and Victory. A Thank You smile at second chances.
Yes, a smile of changing the C to courage, chances, care, crown. Cancer, you were once a chance-taker but now you have been reduced to a coward.
As I finish the journey, I was already touching my toes. I heard a roar of thunder. It was laughter from the heart. I have not laughed like that in a long time. Funny, I’ve had this body for 39 years but today I did not only value its beauty but its toughness to withstand the test of needles and various medicines.
I touched my bruises and no matter how painful they could be,
Today they are evidence of Triumph, Life and Courage.
Wonderful are the works of God.
Mira sunt Opera Dei”
~ Written by Babalwa Malgas, Breast Cancer Survivor ~
Mdantsane, East London, SA