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Overthrow, Karen RN, OCN

doi: 10.1097/01.COT.0000292608.04343.51
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:, and include your affiliation/title, address, and phone number.



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Here Where I Breathe

Brave Angels sit in chairs against the walls,

Are they frightened as they wait for their names to be called?

Halo's invisible yet branded inside my lids

As I close my eyes and take a deep breath in.

I step out and smile, call their names, then shake their hands.

When I meet their eyes those halos—they're still reflected there.

Caring for patients with cancer is what I do.

Not so hard, just mysterious like the air that I breathe.

See the love patients bring here can't be put into words.

It's just here in this place where I work and where I breathe.

Air sometimes painful, can my lungs hold it in?

I'm surrounded by halos, where I work and where I breathe.

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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