Oncology Times:
doi: 10.1097/01.COT.0000293351.87079.a2
Department: Poetry By Cancer Caregivers

    “Poetry is the spontaneous outpouring of powerful feelings…emotions recollected in tranquility.” - —Wordsworth

    The world of poetry often serves as a means of expression and source of comfort for those who care for cancer patients. In this periodic column, we are pleased to present poems written by oncologists, oncology nurses, oncology pharmacists, and other cancer caregivers. We welcome submissions—Please e-mail them to OT@LWW.com

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    She laughs

    She jokes

    She teases

    She loves.

    She's appreciative

    She's sensitive

    She cares

    She's upbeat

    She's thoughtful.

    She smiles

    She's earnest

    She's optimistic

    She's passionate

    She's dying.

    She knows.

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    To Let Go

    I've been telling you for weeks

    to go when you needed to go,

    striving to give you the courage

    to let go to find your peace.

    You've suffered for so long.

    You've been ready for a while

    as I tried to impart some comfort

    in your struggle to let go.

    I wish I could have been there

    to say goodbye that night,

    but it was meant to be that way.

    It was time for you to go.

    I'll miss the talks we had.

    In your dying you taught me about life.

    It's time for me to say goodbye.

    It's not easy to let go.

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