Poetry By Cancer Caregivers
Patrick W. Flanigan, MD, a hematologist/oncologist in Salinas, California, is the author of three books of poetry, “Surviving the Storm,”“Milk and Coffee,”and “When Sunflowers Speak.”All are available from Pacific Grove Publishing, either ordered through local book stores or directly from the publisher at PO Box 803, Pacific Grove, CA 93950; (831) 755—1701, fax (831) 375—4749, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Some people go through life doing things only once.
They have seen a sunset, a moonrise, an ocean.
They do not repeat their actions to decrease anxiety or increase pleasure.
But I humbly suggest that repetition can be good.
What's wrong with checking
the stove twice before
leaving the house
or going to bed?
Why not watch
the sunset every night,
see the full moon rise
month after month,
study endless waves
rolling onto the shore?
What could be better
than feeling you cuddled
against my side every morning
and hearing you breathing softly
before the start of another day?