Freedom Fighter

(for Jacob, a true warrior)


he doesn’t notice the smell
of disinfectant any more

or the lights
and the feel
of hospital sheets

the wounds
where the hickman line*
was inserted

but he fights

his face
are swollen by steroids

he is bald

but he fights

three birthdays

a sister is born

in shiny shoes
start school

he watches
others ring the
end-of-treatment bell
on the ward

watches others
who never will

he fights
and he fights

through despair
____into hope

and a bell
starts to ring

Jacob’s hand
____on the rope


(*A hickman line is a thin tube inserted in your neck to allow doctors to administer medicine directly into veins)