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Flanigan, Patrick W. MD

doi: 10.1097/01.COT.0000291770.17582.e7
Poetry By Cancer Caregivers

Patrick W. Flanigan, MD, a hematologist/oncologist in Salinas, California, is the author of three books of poetry, “Surviving the Storm,”“Milk and Coffee,”and “When Sunflowers Speak.”All are available from Pacific Grove Publishing, either ordered through local book stores or directly from the publisher at PO Box 803, Pacific Grove, CA 93950; (831) 755—1701, fax (831) 375—4749,

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Some people go through life doing things only once.

They have seen a sunset, a moonrise, an ocean.

They do not repeat their actions to decrease anxiety or increase pleasure.

But I humbly suggest that repetition can be good.

What's wrong with checking

the stove twice before

leaving the house

or going to bed?

Why not watch

the sunset every night,

see the full moon rise

month after month,

study endless waves

rolling onto the shore?

What could be better

than feeling you cuddled

against my side every morning

and hearing you breathing softly

before the start of another day?

© 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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