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Thirty-Eight, Cancer Poem: For Sharon

Thirty Eight ( Corny Cancer Poem) For Sharon

Hallmark has a million cards in their catalog
And not one of them says,
Life Sucks
American greetings had nothing that says
Thirty-eight and  Never coming home
So I hope it’s not too late to write this poem


After your eighth round of Chemo,
The Doctor says the best medicine is prayer
Any Pre-med drop out
Or High school Health student
Can interpret what this means
But it still just isn’t fair-


           Still who am I to be a pessimist?


And I apologize for screaming at your surgeons
(Telling  them to stop comparing 
your tumors to fruit)
For telling them you aren’t a damn fruit stand
Even for tossing those fruit diagrams 
In the Hazmat can

Sorry if I let things get out of hand

Tomorrow they get to pull out
Their zapper instruments
And shoot at your cells like you are
One of those Nintendo video games
Over and over again
And I get to sit in the waiting room
Hoping the red cells surrender
And the white ones win

  
And Tylenol has a zillion dollars
And can’t even find a cure for cancer
Bayer pharmaceuticals has no answer

And if you die at thirty-eight
I’ll probably boycott Tylenol
For the next twenty-three years
Advil for the next twenty-two
Blaming both of them
For not saving you


Forty calls to Bayer pharmaceuticals 
And not a single one returned
What kind of heroes are they
When they aren’t even concerned?


And I’m pissed off at Obama
And Dr. Phil and Oprah too
And all Nationally syndicated talk show host
Who are talking about who slept with who
When they should be talking about 
YOU


I’m also ticked at a thousand Nazis
And twenty millions gangbangers 
And eight-hundred serial killers
Who have working organs
When all you need is just one-


Still I know you wouldn’t even accept it
Even if there was a law that said you could
And you would say something corny like
God loves bad people as much
As he does the good

And i wish i could snatch 
half of my lymph nodes
And give them to you
But no Doctor would approve the surgery

So what else can i do
Except write this silly poem for you
except watch you lose weight and hair
And listen to doctors suggest prayer

And more chemo only means
More Hallmark moments at the hospital
And more crying, more dying
More doctors and chaplains lying


But mostly I’ll never get to figure out
How it took you thirty minutes
At Build-A-Yogurt in the mall
And they only had six flavors-
Even after I told you
Chocolate Coconut Sprinkle
 Was really the best of all


Tonight your children get to sleep in your bed
And pretend You’re coming home
And I get to cry for them and finish
This corny cancer poems


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  1. Date: 7/24/2015 3:33:00 PM

    This is an exquisite peace of work.
  1. Date: 7/24/2015 10:45:00 AM

    This is truly Awesome, the poetry fits the mood, and this needed to be written...
  1. Date: 7/14/2015 7:29:00 PM

    Dear Me: Poetry gives us a chance to pour out our inner soul with joy or pain and to share with kindred spirited poets who will help you carry your pain just by reading and remarking. I'm sorry. please continue to express.
  1. Date: 7/14/2015 8:30:00 AM

    So sad...but so real
  1. Date: 7/14/2015 5:29:00 AM

    This is a wonderfully honest, humane poem written with great frustration but also empathy. One of the best I've read in a long time:)
  1. Date: 7/12/2015 2:02:00 AM

    Ah! Your poem, on reading just twice, shuts my window, and leads me to my deep inside, where I do find myself in empathy with you. Oh! How tormenting, to bear with what is unbearable. Your poetic rendition of individual helplessness and anguish will touch all sensitive souls. My youngest brother died of this when he was just thirty. I do feel both your poetry and your pain.
  1. Date: 7/12/2015 1:10:00 AM

    Hi Poet Me.. I celebrate one of your awesome works being honored and having you personally recognized on the Soup front page.. Way to go!
  1. Date: 7/11/2015 3:07:00 AM

    Poet Me, :) Congratulations on having your poem featured on the soups, Home Page. I'M DEEPLY MOVED BY YOUR POEM.... ~SKAT LOVE~
  1. Date: 7/10/2015 12:25:00 PM

    This is very strong and emotional. Friends and relatives of mine have died of cancer; one passed away in just a week, another suffered for over 7 years. My prayers go to the victims and those who suffer with them. ~ Finally, welcome to the site! // paul
  1. Date: 7/9/2015 10:17:00 PM

    Awesome poem, My dad died of throat cancer, and my brother about 4 years ago of liver cancer. So I get what you said up there !
  1. Date: 7/9/2015 9:23:00 PM

    I know what you are writing about, have been down that road myself. I have been cancer free going on 3 years in Nov. Keep your head held high and think positive!!
  1. Date: 7/9/2015 3:54:00 PM

    I can feel your frustration, sadness and anger in this emotive write but also your strength. You must help keep Sharon strong with positively, laughter and love. My heart goes out to you all. Hugs
  1. Date: 7/9/2015 2:03:00 PM

    Having lost two immediate relatives, both below the age of fity-five, I feel your pain. Hope that you writing this and getting it off your chest proved cathartic.And so it should. Welcome to Poetry Soup- I hope you find a little joy in sharing and reading your works here. Regards, Viv
  1. Date: 7/9/2015 1:49:00 PM

    Wow... This made me cry. My aunt died of cancer less than a year ago. Her name was... No, is Debi. She beat cancer 3 times the fourth, killed her or rather her oncologist killed her. He never told her it was back until it was too late. I took care of her the last 2 months of her life, even moved in next door. Then before she was dead other family raided her house & took her things. I hate cancer.
  1. Date: 7/9/2015 1:40:00 PM

    My name is Sharon. I beat cancer last year. I've been cancer free for exactly one year this July. Your poem hit home in so many ways, I felt I was back there. Thank you for this wonderful and free-spirited poem. It is really inspiring and so beautifully written. I'm sorry about your friend and my namesake, Sharon.
  1. Date: 7/9/2015 1:28:00 PM

    Wow! I totally feel what you feel. Cancer has paid my family a visit also. It is so frustrating. Your poem touches emotions. Thanks for sharing.
  1. Date: 7/9/2015 1:04:00 PM

    That is a good rhyming poem, with so much truth in it that it hurts. We have the poorest health care system in the world, when you compare cost and effective curing treatment. I wouldn't be surprised to find out they've had cure for cancer for years, but won't release it to the public. Because they're making so much $$ from cut, burn, poison!
  1. Date: 7/9/2015 12:36:00 PM

    Strong poem M. E. reflecting your justifiable anger firstly with the disease itself. But then against a system, which allows doctors to become innured and complacent, spouting platitudes which in no way help the dying patient within their care. And a system which allows the drug cartels, and the Companies who front them to earn obscene amounts of profit out of vulnerable people. you are a friend who cares as The poem shows.
  1. Date: 7/9/2015 12:34:00 PM

    This piece shows the importance of allowing ourselves to ignore the critical voice that creeps ups early on in some of our poems. Where we might delete and change course. Your emotions addressed aspects of this journey that needed to be expressed so others can understand themselves. Cancer Sucks. May God's grace be with you and your family. Peace. :)
  1. Date: 7/9/2015 12:34:00 PM

    A powerful poem filled with true emotion of love and after reading i am feeling very sorry for Sharon and for her family. May God bless her and let us all pray for her. God bless you for your kind heart's expression. Loved always, my lovely friend,bl
  1. Date: 7/9/2015 12:24:00 PM

    Such pain and sadness in this poem. Made me cry. Hope writing this poem was in some way therapeutic.
  1. Date: 7/9/2015 12:04:00 PM

    One feels your pain, the anguish of someone who can't do more for a dying loved one. I hope the writing , one of the most powerful experiential writes on cancer I've read, have somehow offered you what other avenues weren't able to. Welcome to Poetry Soup!
  1. Date: 7/9/2015 11:51:00 AM

    This is a really powerful piece and evokes so many emotions. Having travelled this road too with my father, I can relate to every word and every line.
  1. Date: 7/9/2015 11:40:00 AM

    After reading your poem (satirical or otherwise) there is enough anger in me to find out what kind of conspiracy there is to just for the huge pharmaceutical companies just make money and not find a cure for cancers.
  1. Date: 7/9/2015 11:39:00 AM

    Shout at the Devil, scream at his works, get it out of your system but it doesn't work. 3 brothers and 2 sisters fell to this b*****d disease. Don't think I am good enough to write something like this. I doff my cap. God Bless. D.
  1. Date: 7/9/2015 11:38:00 AM

    Your poem pierces the heart. It brings all kinds of emotions hidden in the heart. What you have written is true and needed to be written.
  1. Date: 7/9/2015 11:37:00 AM

    OH BOY...tears are dripping down my face. I feel your pain. Cancer has touched my life, like everyone's. I won my battle but have lost so many. My best friend, my cousin succumbed to her battle, in 2011 after a 7 year battle. I'm still po'd. I'm sending a HUGE HUG to you. What else can I say but tell you I understand and we of this not so exclusive "club" stand with.
  1. Date: 7/4/2015 4:51:00 PM

    I had to read this poem after seeing the title. I recently met a 35 year old with cancer and not doing very well. Your poem explains the emotions that i had after i met her. Anger, pain, fear name them all. This was a woman close to my age who would leaving her kids behind because of this terrible illness. Great write #7
  1. Date: 7/4/2015 2:51:00 PM

    I was sadly moved to read your poem, Cancer is not a game. It's hard to even say the word in my family. Lost a sister after it spread throughout her brain. She never left home. She fell asleep crying, I thank hallmark for not having a card that read. Sorry kids. Your mom is gone from all of this. (to her children) this poem is touching, not corny at all... I'm just lost and I can relate this to my sisters passing. This world sux, so does OO and P. Hugs ... Linda
  1. Date: 7/4/2015 2:26:00 PM

    Interesting poem about your feelings...Im also recovering from cancer and am happy you are able to express yourself through poetry...Sadly my chemo was too toxic for me to really do anything... Maybe one day i will also write..

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