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Poetry and Oncology
December 2015

I Hope

Author Affiliations
  • 1Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana
JAMA Oncol. 2015;1(9):1250. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2015.4714

I hope you will never have to hear you have cancer,
when your unknowingly perfect life will be standstill,
as you look over a great precipice—falling into a dark abyss;
if it happens,
when despair closes your eyes and fear envelops you,
I hope you can feel my arms holding you,
never letting go.

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