POETRY BY CANCER CAREGIVERS: On Loss

Asija, Aakanksha Prasad MD, MPH

doi: 10.1097/01.COT.0000410652.63219.16
Poetry

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I see it stand in the storm

Alone, fragmented, torn.

I shield it with my hand

My creation of golden sand.

I see the ruthless thunder

Blow the dry leaves asunder.

I reach out-stumble, grope,

Fervently pray; hope.

I hold on tight; I fumble

I see it break and crumble

The light flickers, dies

As I cry, as I cry.

AAKANKSHA PRASAD ASIJA, MD, MPH, is a second-year Hematology Oncology fellow at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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