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Oncology Times:
doi: 10.1097/01.COT.0000289700.14608.1b
Poetry by Cancer Caregivers

Poetry by Cancer Caregivers

DeLizio, P. Robert MD

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Abstract

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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Journey

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Golden sky

Setting sun

Much like the course

My life has run

Shadows growing

Time keeps flowing

Much like the course

My life has run

Leaves turn brown

Then flutter down

Much like the course

My life has run

Young to old

Story told

Much like the course

My life has run

Rejoice, rejoice

With a resounding voice

This is the plan

God has for man

Rejoice, rejoice

With a resounding voice

For this is the plan

God has for man

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Awaiting Results

Good morning “Queen Mary,”

I say lightheartedly

While pulling a chair

Closer to the bedside

As I leaf through your chart

You view me with a jaundiced eye

That is not yellow

The scene is peaceful and calm

Shards of sunlight steal

Through slated, slanted blinds,

Outside birds twitter

On the window sill

But inside—inside your heart

inside your soul

emotions roil

Having found the report

I say “Good news, Mary, the biopsy

is negative.”

Choking back tears of joy

You say “Thank you, doctor,

Thank you, God.”

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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