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A family friend named Sharon was struck down with Cancer in the best part of her life. She came to the door one day after so many surgical procedures with a coffin catalog. I could never imagine having to select my own coffin or flower arrangements...I write this poem for her.
 

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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Date: 6/5/2018 5:13:00 AM
Your poem touched my soul. This poem is so sad, yet a bit of light heartedness can also be detected, and it hits home. You have a wonderful writing style and ability. I'm also Sharon, and I'm a cancer survivor. I pray that your Sharon get/got the best treatment and the she' comfortable. Keep writing such beautiful poetry.
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Date: 1/25/2018 9:14:00 PM
My granddaughter would like to use this poem for UIL. has it been published and by whom?
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Date: 1/30/2018 3:44:00 PM
This Poem is my Poem and has not been published as of yet. She can use the poem. It is just my request that I be updated on the results of the Usage..Thank You!
Date: 7/11/2017 3:51:00 PM
Hello, My name is Catie Johnson and I read your poem 'Thirty-Eight, Cancer Poem: For Sharon', and I absolutely loved it. I would like to do it in a UIL poetry competition, but the problem is that I need your real name for the poem to qualify. I really love this poem, and I believe I could do it a justice on reading. If you could please tell me I would be very grateful. Thank-you, Catie
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Michael Ellis
Date: 7/11/2017 11:56:00 PM
My name is Michael Ellis...Please let me know of your experience. I wish you success... Thanks you for your inquiry..
Date: 2/29/2016 6:53:00 PM
Hello, My name is Carrie and I have personally been impacted with cancer and your poem really hit home for me. I am in forensics and debate at my school and I would like to perform your poem, with your permission of course. Please e-mail me at Jonesca1@usd437.net as soon as you can. it would be greatly appreciated.
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Date: 7/25/2016 4:35:00 AM
I do hope your event well but mostly that you blessed others with great intention...Love will always be the equalizer
Date: 2/4/2016 6:17:00 PM
Hello, my name is Megan and I would like to ask if I could us your beautiful poem to perform for a forensic (competitive acting) tournament. I have lost people to cancer before and my best friend is fighting it right now so I feel you. please contact me at Megan.b.george@gmail.com asap thank you
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Date: 12/30/2015 12:22:00 PM
This is a great poem about the friend or love one you lost to cancer! I quit smoking at age 33 1/2 and I hope I never get cancer. Happy New Year M.e.
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Date: 12/29/2015 5:19:00 PM
POET ME...., Congratulations on having your poem featured on the soups home page during the last week of 2015 and beginning of 2016 :) awesome way to start the year... Enjoy the coming Year.... SKAT
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Date: 12/24/2015 11:00:00 AM
Wonderful poem M.e. I live with the word cancer everyday and miss my family so much. four children, their father, both my parents, brother and wonder whose next.. I THANK God for saving all their souls-what a reunion there will be when He calls me home. I am ready when God is!!! Thank you for your poem!
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Date: 12/25/2015 4:31:00 PM
Thank You Edith...Happy Holidays..May God have his hand on your life...The Good memories can never be taken...The love lingers long after
Date: 11/14/2015 9:02:00 AM
WOW featured a second time. A peoples fav. SKAT
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Date: 8/6/2015 6:56:00 AM
wow, you got me again magnetized.. I like how you make the sad situation concerning cancer patients very humane....Im a nurse and I've seen so many patients having such illness... if im the patients, surely you will somehow help me in few minutes to forget Im sick.. your words are comforting.thank you for sharing.. your titles really great..a fave again~Olive ELoisa..=')
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Date: 7/24/2015 3:33:00 PM
This is an exquisite peace of work.
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Date: 7/24/2015 10:45:00 AM
This is truly Awesome, the poetry fits the mood, and this needed to be written...
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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.
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Michael Ellis
Date: 7/14/2015 10:56:00 PM
So honored by your words...Lets use poetry to heal, comfort and encourage..I look forward to reading your poems as soon as I return from my trip to Los Angeles
Date: 7/14/2015 8:30:00 AM
So sad...but so real
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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.
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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!
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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~
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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
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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 !
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Michael Ellis
Date: 7/9/2015 11:21:00 PM
Means so much to me
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
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Michael Ellis
Date: 7/9/2015 4:35:00 PM
1000 Hugs for you Cecilia From a thousand miles away Let's change 1,000 lives
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
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Michael Ellis
Date: 7/9/2015 4:36:00 PM
Your words are so appreciated
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.
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Date: 7/9/2015 4:36:00 PM
Thank you for each one of your beautiful words and thoughts..Hope is the greatest medicine and miracle we have
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.
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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.
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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!
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