POETRY BY CACER CAREGIVERSOncology Times: July 10th, 2003 - Volume 25 - Issue 13 - p 69 doi: 10.1097/01.COT.0000290864.92639.5c Department Article Outline Ashes Well Worn “Poetry is the spontaneous outpouring of powerful feelings…emotions recollected in tranquility.” —Wordsworth 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 OT@LWW.com Figure Figure Back to Top | Article Outline Ashes When I die wait for a windy day and carry my ashes to a rocky point that juts into the sea. Scatter those ashes slowly to mix with the air, water, and earth, to become one with the fishes, the shore birds and sand fleas, and the yellow flowers that cover the meadow every spring. Years from now listen for my voice in birdsong, look for my face among the leaves of the oak, and know that I move in the depths of the ocean. Back to Top | Article Outline Well Worn Most of my things do not acquire a patina even though I like faded jeans, well worn leather, and the muted green of weathered copper. Maybe I wash my hands too often and touch the world around me too little. I remember outgrowing a cowboy outfit as a child. It was as clean as new when we gave it away. Time is making me less afraid of scars and stains, more appreciative of the hard and soft people and things around me, more willing to risk everything to be well worn and pleasantly used before I outgrow this life.© 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Article Outline Ashes Well Worn Source POETRY BY CACER CAREGIVERS Oncology Times25(13):69, July 10th, 2003. Full-Size Email + Favorites Export View in Gallery Email to a Friend Friend's E-mail is Invalid Your Name: (optional) Your Email: Friend's Email: Separate multiple e-mails with a (;). Message: Thought you might appreciate this item(s) I saw at Oncology Times. Send a copy to your email Your message has been successfully sent to your friend. Some error has occurred while processing your request. Please try after some time. Email to a Friend Friend's E-mail is Invalid Your Name: (optional) Your Email: Friend's Email: Separate multiple e-mails with a (;). Message: Thought you might appreciate this item(s) I saw at Oncology Times. Send a copy to your email Your message has been successfully sent to your friend. Some error has occurred while processing your request. Please try after some time. Add Item(s) to: An Existing Folder A New Folder Folder Name: Description: The item(s) has been successfully added to "". More on ONCOLOGY-TIMES.com... Home Clinical Resource Center Current Issue Search OT Archives Get OT Enews Blogs Email us!