POETRY BY CANCER CAREGIVERS

Overthrow, Karen RN, OCN

Oncology Times:
doi: 10.1097/01.COT.0000292608.04343.51
Department: Poetry By Cancer Caregivers

    The world of poetry is a means of expression and source of comfort for many who care for cancer patients. We welcome submissions from oncologists, oncology nurses, oncology pharmacists, and other cancer caregivers. E-mail only, please, to: OT@lwwny.com, and include your affiliation/title, address, and phone number.

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    Here Where I Breathe

    Brave Angels sit in chairs against the walls,

    Are they frightened as they wait for their names to be called?

    Halo's invisible yet branded inside my lids

    As I close my eyes and take a deep breath in.

    I step out and smile, call their names, then shake their hands.

    When I meet their eyes those halos—they're still reflected there.

    Caring for patients with cancer is what I do.

    Not so hard, just mysterious like the air that I breathe.

    See the love patients bring here can't be put into words.

    It's just here in this place where I work and where I breathe.

    Air sometimes painful, can my lungs hold it in?

    I'm surrounded by halos, where I work and where I breathe.

    © 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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