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.
Figure. Karen Overth...Image Tools
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.