Richard Lackman

(Philadelphia)

Goodbye My Love - A smoker's lament


I learned today that I am almost dead
Although I've felt but just a little pain
The cancer in my lung went to my head
And life for me will never be the same

I started smoking at an early age
But never thought that it would bother me
But now my feelings merge into a rage
Oh God above, how stupid could I be

How could I risk my precious time with you
For such a silly pleasure after all
How can I now accept our days are few
And all the guilt which now upon me falls

But worse for our two children, what to say
How to explain that I will soon depart
As my soul longs for nothing but to stay
There are no words to ease my broken heart

I'm sorry for this trial I've put you through
I hope you understand that as I die
My love for you is real and strong and true
So now my darling let me say goodbye

Submitted: Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Edited: Tuesday, March 13, 2012

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  • Christopher Apostolos (5/20/2014 8:33:00 PM)

    Wow Doc, I'm going to send this to my brother. He is a smoker and has 2 small children. He knows there is a cancer history in out family and still won't quit. Thanks for writing this. (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Feldman (5/5/2013 5:58:00 PM)

    Every stupid smoker should read this poem. Dr. Hope the man inthe poem is not you. Extremely well writen. Very touching (Report) Reply

  • Cynthia Buhain-baello (9/4/2012 9:09:00 PM)

    Ah, the final days of Consequence drain all the tears one can give but will never grant reprieve on the Death bed. I've seen and encountered so many who ask for prayers of healing after so many years of chain smoking - then they get angry when the healing does not come. A fine and excellently written poem that serves as a reminder for all who smoke. May I please share this on my facebook page? (Report) Reply

  • Melissa Carey (4/11/2012 7:36:00 AM)

    I'm with everyone else on this poem. This tugged on my heartstrings. And I am actually emotion- filled. I too, am hoping this isn't autobiographical. (Report) Reply

  • Cynthia Buhain-baello (2/22/2012 1:22:00 PM)

    I posted a comment for this poem but somehow it evaporated into thin air. So here's another. I find the poem deeply moving and excellently written. (Report) Reply

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