Robin Bennett

(December 25th / New Orleans, La USA)

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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-
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  • Sara Fielder (7/23/2014 7:04:00 PM)

    I like the visuals you use to try to make the oncologists office seem normal...they contrast sharply with the horror you must have been feeling inside as you wait for the doctor who has your fathers life in his hands. There is nothing normal about that, so these distractions are what we look to keep from facing what is too much for our minds to bear. (Report) Reply

  • 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.. (Report) Reply

  • 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. (Report) Reply

  • 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. (Report) Reply

  • 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 (Report) Reply

  • 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! (Report) Reply

  • 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. (Report) Reply

  • 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. (Report) Reply

  • Leslie Philibert (7/23/2012 7:55:00 AM)

    This is a really great poem, well observed, well written, I have seldom read such good work on sites like this. (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (7/23/2012 6:56:00 AM)

    Going through this at the present time with my husband, except I have to say that the services have so far been excellent so no complaints. Sorry your experience was less than how it should have been. Well written poem.33262 (Report) Reply

  • Lynn Stillman (7/22/2012 1:31:00 PM)

    The reality of this breaks my heart. People fighting for their lives deserve so much more respect and basic needs
    met. You paint a vivid picture because of your way with words. Like looking through the lens of a camera. Painful
    To read but very enlightening. Thank you for this

    Lynn Stillman (Report) Reply

  • Patti Masterman (7/21/2012 3:43:00 PM)

    Chilling glimpses of reality here. The irony is too much with us; Brad and Jens divorce..now there is older news in the doctors waiting rooms. I like the warning that the office itself holds a type of deadliness that is terminal if you sit waiting in it too long..great lines. (Report) Reply

  • Karen Sinclair (7/17/2012 2:09:00 PM)

    Hello i know this too well, the sat waiting with thoughts of real issues distracted by the meagre attempts to make those who need comfort and maybe a moments respite from their thoughts...this had me back to the place i last shared a few of the last few times with the one i miss every single day...a really honest and painful write., ... bravo (Report) Reply

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