Movember Poem

Movember

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,

Motivation,
Awareness,
Paying-it-forward,
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
cancer.


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,

Andrew

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I work in the high tech world doing software release engineering 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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16 Responses to Movember Poem

  1. 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.

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  2. 4healthofman says:

    Love the poem, really heartfelt! Pay it forward

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Carrie Rubin says:

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

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

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  9. 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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