post-op pain

Years ago, to the OR with enlarging nodes. 
A shaky signature; relinquishing control.
Pathology sent us chasing horses gone from the barn. 
Shock and fear overshadowed post-op pain.
Surgery merely a prelude to my loss-laden journey.

Now, to the OR with a deleterious gene.  
A confident Hancock; seizing the reins.
Pathology confirms no foals, let alone runaways. 
Predictable post-op pain defines the brief ride. 
Surgery a brief interlude, this loss a gift for all my tomorrows.

Published in Oncology Times August 10th, 2017