My soul to keep

At that moment

She stood poised


and jaded

I would look at her

Her weary eyes

I knew her pain

I knew her lies


Her beautiful face

Tells a story of courage

Fighting to survive

You don’t have to carry this weight

On your own

Lean on me

You are not alone


Between the highs and lows

Even in her descent

She believed she could

Like a badge

She wears km her fight

Cancer trying to steal from her

She would not fall

Living was her will,

her privileged right


She was extraordinary

We knew this

But she was more

She was an extraordinary fighter


She made us proud

Because of who she is

Her strength hovers above us

As if a floating cloud

Her heart, her soul does us proud


She is my Aunty

Published by Janette Bendle

I have reached my fabulous 50s. Guess what, it’s okay. 20 years in the health and wellness industry. Educating men and women on the importance of nourishing their bodies with good food, moving with integrity, recharging their energy levels and empowering their minds. I love my job. A mother of two boys who are now men and my greatest achievement. A lover of words, an aspiring author with a book written and no idea where to go next, a poet who writes from the heart and her vulnerability. A foodie who loves to experiment, a salad lover , But not just your Every day salad, I throw in anything you can think of it ends up in my salad. I have a reputation for making the greatest weirdest salads around. As a total contradiction, I have a ridiculous sweet tooth. I rescue abandoned souls in the bodies of dogs, an animal lover, Who sometimes likes animals more than humans. My teacher in life, my mother never ceases to amaze me. I am one fortunate human being who is filled with gratitude for the life she lives.

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