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, along with a photo, if available.
Figure. Gail Livesay...Image Tools
Whose footprints are these?
I watch as Lisa aches
lonely in her pain, though we are near.
She has poison pumped into her veins
to kill the cells in her body,
in hopes of making her well.
Her hair falling out, she says,
“Oh well, I'll wear a cap.”
Walking every day to keep her
strength, though her body is bent.
With a smile, she
tells everyone it's not so bad,
she doesn't want to make them sad.
Writing thank you cards,
when she is tired, for every
gift and kindness shown.
Courage and dignity all her own.
I wish I could take the cancer from
her body and place it in my own.
Lisa is a woman grown, but she is my little girl.
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