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Cancer

How I remember the waiting room,
at my Daddy's oncologist's office-
If being eaten alive by cancer isn't enough-
The waiting room is full of old boring, dated
magazines in stages of disarray.
It smells like chemicals and fear,
and it looks deadly real.

Ugly pictures of a fisherman caught
in a raging nor' easter. Truly not a
well thought out metaphor, if I do
say so myself. The anti-cancer drugs
make the pale and weak thirsty,
not a water cooler in sight.

Daddy, how can you trust this
man with your life?
He's a supreme failure in keeping
his waiting room off life support.
You could easily give up
and die in this office.

It sucks the dim light from
your cancer ridden
bones, while you read
about Brad and Jen's
divorce from what
is now your past life.
The one before cancer.

Submitted: Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Edited: Wednesday, July 18, 2012


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  • Victoria Gauci (7/23/2013 9:56:00 PM)

    Very moving and vividly real.

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  • Sj Holland (7/23/2013 9:14:00 PM)

    I enjoyed the poignancy of it and the comparison, as well as the free-flowing format..

  • Manonton Dalan (7/23/2013 7:56:00 PM)

    i was there and i will be back tomorrow
    as vividly as you describe. it's killing me
    by just the thought of it. it's painful just
    thinking about it.

  • Manonton Dalan (7/23/2013 7:56:00 PM)

    i was there and i will be back tomorrow
    as vividly as you describe. it's killing me
    by just the thought of it. it's painful just
    thinking about it.

  • Joseph Poewhit (7/23/2013 9:20:00 AM)

    Much insight into the Doctors waiting room.

  • Jayne Davies (7/23/2013 1:26:00 AM)

    Thank you so much for sharing this true and vivid description
    of your experience x If only some were to put a little thought into
    how Cancer patients actually feel, and thought for their loved ones!
    It's those little things that are presented to us that give us the hope
    and will to fight on! Well done for pointing these errors out. A cheerful
    Environment means everything x

  • Mark Heathcote (7/24/2012 5:36:00 PM)

    A serious subject with pinch of irony a good read.

  • Smoky Hoss (7/24/2012 1:32:00 PM)

    What a deep and vivid dose of reality. Your writing is tremendously clear and fully human. Such beauty of words, in such sadness. Excellent poem!

  • Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (7/23/2012 11:01:00 PM)

    Robin, First of all, I feel sorry for the daddy. Second of all I may not agree with your comparison, comparing an oncologists to his not well kept lobby. The patients are like the old magazines, torn, stained and have no mood to take and read any books and the Oncologists might have wanted to remind the care takers symbolically. As long as the patients are cleared of cancerous cells, thank the doctors and take care of your loved ones with not much fuss.

  • Captain Cur (7/23/2012 9:33:00 PM)

    They say don't eat in a restaurant with a filthy bathroom.
    How much more true with a doctor's office.
    Well written, keenly observed especially the part
    about the magazines that were offered as solace
    for the inconsolable.

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