Protection – Luke Moran

I don’t have to reverse the polarity of the neutron flow

Luke Moran was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma at age 15 and underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy. He is from Kent where he lives with his wife and two step-children. We really appreciate his kind support and entry. Thanks Luke!


Every summer I use

factor 50 sunscreen

This is because I am:

more susceptible to secondary cancers

within the radiation field.

This radiation field is not somewhere

Flash Gordon or Doctor Who would

fight against Ming the Merciless

or outwit the Daleks

It’s just my neck and chest.

The bits that were bombarded with ionised radiation,

as if they were Arboria or Skaro.

The problem wasn’t 

the purple death sent down from space

a mysterious sphere stealing people’s minds

the moon falling out of orbit and crashing into earth

or people being replaced by shape shifting zygons

The problem was cancer

– Hodgkin’s Lymphoma – 

in glands in my neck and under my arm.

So my radiation field

is not something I have to ride across on a stolen Hawkman rocket cycle,

I don’t have to reverse the polarity of the neutron flow,

use transdimensional engineering

or even fight any evil alien oppressors;

not with swords or with lasers,

or a whip

to the death

on a platform

tilting over open space and covered in spikes.

I just use

factor 50 sunscreen.

Luke Moran, Kent

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