A Cancer Story

Grief still haunts from grievous wounds
In sorrow of memory it churns -
The day the fire fell from your lips
For the message you left still burns.

"Cancer, my love, has stricken us,"
As my world fell completely apart.
How could God's word fall somber,
For to break a broken man’s heart.

Faith heals wounds, so time will say,
But our story's never known such a time,
As what hell cast down on hope that day
Of life's most insidious crime.

First thereof was the thought of death,
An unbearable fear would consume me,
But I had to stay strong to keep you afloat,
For our love is what stood to exhume me.

I sat to watch you subsiding
As your vibrancy faded like days,
Left helplessly bearing its witness
As your eyes began to glaze.

You raged in battle with spirited hand,
A courage like nothing I’d seen,
But the storm proved too formidable
As your strength began to wean.

When all at once our dreams fell black
As you’d fallen defeated by death,
Succumbed so bravely to the toll of the bell
For that chance had stolen your breath.

Now I tend its strife as a bane of misfortune
That stars will fade in the night
With ne’er but a word from heaven above,
Left dark its lamentable light.

Its anguish falls heavy upon me
And that I wither beneath its weight
To seek in earnest for facets of you
Beyond your cancerous fate.

As now to drown in a sea of tears,
I pray for to soften its cries.  
If only once more to love you,
A comfort time cruelly denies.
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Written on February 02, 2024

Submitted by Symmetry60 on February 02, 2024

Modified by Symmetry60 on May 14, 2024

1:35 min read

Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 1,476
Words 315
Stanzas 10
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

Steven Dupere

With a book of poetry to boast, Waltz of Semantic Tongues, Steven has been challenging nervous canvases for more time than time can shake an eon at. This is a shard of that fallout. more…

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Discuss the poem A Cancer Story with the community...

  • LinYoest
    Steven, my heart grieved with you as I read this poem. To watch helplessly as a loved one dies day by day shreds the heart in ways beyond description, and yet you captured it in this poem.
    LikeReply 12 months ago
    • Symmetry60
      I apologize for not responding, but I've been dealing with health issues for months. I truly appreciate your outtakes and opinions, Lin. Thank you for understanding and for your kindness. :-)
      LikeReply 19 days ago
    • LinYoest
      Oh wow, thank you, but really no apologies needed. I hope you are getting better.
      LikeReply9 days ago
  • npirandy
    I forgot to mention. They can PARTY with the best of 'em!!
    LikeReply 12 months ago
  • npirandy
    I met a gal in Australia while on R & R. They are the sweetest people! They are among the few countries that still love us for who we are rather than what they can get from us.
    Sorry for your loss my friend. 
    LikeReply 12 months ago
    • Symmetry60
      Calliope Queensland she were. Lovely gal indeed. Quite beautiful and feisty. She is missed dearly. The oddity and that we met online only to discover when she arrived that our birthdays both fell on March 12th - me two years her elder. Quite the kismet. 
      LikeReply2 months ago
  • npirandy
    A haunting tale of grief relayed in pure eloquence. Well done!
    LikeReply 12 months ago
    • Symmetry60
      Anna was from Australia. She passed away in 2004 leaving four amazing kids motherless. I loved her very much. Thank you for the kind words.
      LikeReply2 months ago
  • arjunakshaydesai
    Powerful poem about feeling helpless
    LikeReply 12 months ago
    • Symmetry60
      Thank you for your vote. I very much appreciate it.
      LikeReply2 months ago


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