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Poetry by Cancer Caregivers

Steinberg, Amir MD

doi: 10.1097/01.COT.0000415901.23996.30


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Poetry by Cancer Caregivers: The Couple

There was an unspoken understanding

As if he could read her mind

Making thoughtful suggestions

And wanting to be kind

Yet she had her independence

And displayed it every day

He remained quiet for the most part

And let her have her say

They did not hold hands

And I never saw them hug

But they were always sitting together

And on my heartstrings they did tug

She knew the end was coming

But no-one knew when it would arrive

So we paid our respects daily

All hoping she'd stay alive

We'd see him in the hallway

And never far from her room

So many thoughts in his head

A pervasive one likely gloom

But he never showed as such

And I admire his devotion

His commitment and his love

One could taste that emotion

I will never truly know

What she's been through all these years

All the hope and dreams she shared

As well as all the fears

But I admire how they've handled it

With class and dignity

With hope and realism

And above all, integrity

AMIR STEINBERG, MD, is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tisch Cancer Institute at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, in the hematologic malignancies/stem cell transplantation group in the division of hematology-oncology.

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