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doi: 10.1097/01.COT.0000293351.87079.a2
Department: Poetry By Cancer Caregivers

“Poetry is the spontaneous outpouring of powerful feelings…emotions recollected in tranquility.”


The world of poetry often serves as a means of expression and source of comfort for those who care for cancer patients. In this periodic column, we are pleased to present poems written by oncologists, oncology nurses, oncology pharmacists, and other cancer caregivers. We welcome submissions—Please e-mail them to



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She laughs

She jokes

She teases

She loves.

She's appreciative

She's sensitive

She cares

She's upbeat

She's thoughtful.

She smiles

She's earnest

She's optimistic

She's passionate

She's dying.

She knows.

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To Let Go

I've been telling you for weeks

to go when you needed to go,

striving to give you the courage

to let go to find your peace.

You've suffered for so long.

You've been ready for a while

as I tried to impart some comfort

in your struggle to let go.

I wish I could have been there

to say goodbye that night,

but it was meant to be that way.

It was time for you to go.

I'll miss the talks we had.

In your dying you taught me about life.

It's time for me to say goodbye.

It's not easy to let go.

© 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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