Movember Poem


Razor scrapes face clean.
Towel dries tears.
Lip quivers at the memory.
Eyes face the past,
while throat prepares to cry
into the future.

A budding soup-strainer
starts the conversation.
Stubble opens ears.
Lips speak of,

Passion, and compassion.

A fuzzy lipped community speaks
of the possibilities.
Of hope for the day when
we no longer raise a
hand to dry a tear
for the brother felled by this

This is a special request poem from a man who is participating in the Movember Men’s Health awareness and fundraise for research for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.  How it works is that a man will start the month clean-shaven and then let their mustache grow.  Participants in the month work to rise awareness and funds.  The growing stubble is a great conversation starter.

Personally I am not growing a mustache.  When I noted this on an on-line cancer forum, I was asked if I’d at least write a poem for the month – which is now published here.

I’ve heard of this for a few years.  The one thing I know for sure is that the men and women (yes ladies are helping with this too, they get a bit “creative” with the mustache part) who support this fund raiser are passionate about their cause.

As a victim of prostate cancer, I do appreciate the effort these folks are putting into Movember.

Till next time,


About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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21 Responses to Movember Poem

  1. caroline mwasigala says:

    well written

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  2. You’re so strong! Good one! A survivor, indeed!

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  3. Meaningful and heart touching poem i like your poem. I am sorry to hear that you are a victim of prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is a common issue in age men.All most men are not aware about it.They take lightly about it. I think health awareness camp help them.

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  4. inesephoto says:

    Here in Ireland we have a prostate cancer and men’s mental health support event in September – Distinguished Gentlemen Ride. It was founded in Australia. My friends do it on their vintage bikes.


  5. 4healthofman says:

    Love the poem, really heartfelt! Pay it forward

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  7. Well written, Andrew. Movember is such a good way to raise awareness! I’m sorry to hear cancer took a run at you, but glad you’ve got a clean bill of health now.

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  8. Baydreamer says:

    Wonderful poem for a good cause, Andrew. Cancer has struck many of our friends and some in our family. It’s horrible, but you are a survivor!

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  9. You’re not a victim, you’re a survivor! You kicked it in the…well…you know…. And we’re all so happy you did!!

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  10. Carrie Rubin says:

    Wonderful and powerful poem. Movember is a great way to highlight men’s health.

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  11. Prostate cancer is men’s breast cancer, no less serious and deadly. Good on you, Andrew.


  12. Ray V. says:

    Reblogged this on Mitigating Chaos and commented:
    There are some studies that show more men dying of prostate cancer each year than women dying of breast cancer. The “Ta-Ta’s” definitely have better marketing people.

    Let’s “keep the conversation going” by reading and passing on this poem by my buddy, Andrew Reynolds, a prostate CA survivor.

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