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We're All Going to Die--What the Heck

That cancer has ravaged my family, it is true My mom first with melanoma at age forty-two, Bone cancer took my Uncle Cladie for a ride Until the pain caused him to commit suicide, My dad lost his battle to non-Hodgkins lymphoma Then, my wife Deb succumbed to a rare carcinoma. I believe most forms of cancer we can prevent Doctors say our lifestyles can cause us to present, Not availing ourselves of many self-cancer tests While ingesting carcinogens and being stressed, Using tobacco products like there is no tomorrow Will sooner or later cause us more than sorrow. If one of your close relatives died from the disease It’s a warning signal you cannot do as you please Eat nutritious foods, exercise, get plenty of rest The least to be said is doing your dead-level best To maintain a healthy lifestyle with a regular check Do not say, “We’re all going to die—what the heck!” Yes, it is true, we are all going to die…someday Experiencing the suffering from cancer, I can say, Leads me to believe there is a much better way So, heed the advice I am sharing with you today, Believe me, my friend, tobacco use is not okay. Please, do not let a frivolous habit make you pay! FIRST PLACE WINNER May 31, 2021 written for the "Cancer Ivy" Poetry Contest sponsored by Chantelle Anne Cooke (an abbreviated sestina) [NOTE: I purposely chose the provocative title to attract as many readers as possible. It's an important message!]

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Date: 7/2/2021 5:26:00 AM
Hi Milt, I lost two extended family members to cancer. The day my husband passed away, my daughter started smoking again. It hurts that she picked up the habit again. Thank you for writing this important poem. ~
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Date: 7/2/2021 8:16:00 AM
Thank you for the read and the comment, Gina. Just be patient with her. Deb smoked from high school until two weeks before she died.
Date: 7/1/2021 7:38:00 PM
heed the advice I am sharing with you today, Believe me, my friend, tobacco use is not okay. Beautiful. Congratulations!
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Date: 7/1/2021 7:43:00 PM
Thank you, Christuraj. Tobacco is a killer!!!
Date: 6/2/2021 2:15:00 PM
Intresting write sorry to hear of so much heart ache my sister too had cancer myself 2017 had infected lythnode though it was just infection yes true your born live die end of story but what you do inbetween is what counts not just life life styles but genetics global warming pollusion there is cures maybe companys make lots of moneny off cures another story like the partern rhyme verse
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 6/2/2021 4:29:00 PM
Thank you so much, David.
Date: 6/2/2021 3:13:00 AM
Great advice. "If one of your close relatives died from the disease It’s a warning signal you cannot do as you please" PLEASE heed this warning!
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 6/2/2021 8:45:00 AM
Yes, I must. But my problem is heart issues. I think they are trying to keep me alive until I get cancer, though. Just kidding, I hope.
Date: 6/1/2021 6:02:00 PM
Agree - 1,000%. Maybe your family members suffered and passed away so that you could learn the great lessons you have, and also so that you can encourage and inspire others, Milt. ~ Last cigarette in September of 1973, gw
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 6/1/2021 6:49:00 PM
Ah, wonderful, G.W. I gave them up thirty years ago following open heart surgery. Still had one now and then until a neurosurgeon said even if it is not inhaled cigarette smoke creeps through the mouth linings and does unbelievable damage. That did it! No more!!! Glad you quit, G.W, which may be why you are still around!
Date: 6/1/2021 11:45:00 AM
Not only is this excellent write for Chantelle's contest, but this also excellent advice; Well done L Milton, best wishes for a win! - Jacob
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Date: 6/1/2021 11:49:00 AM
Thanks, Jacob. One can hope for the contest, but the information is more important than the contest. I just hope every PSer reads it and takes it seriously.
Date: 6/1/2021 11:01:00 AM
Your assessment is correct, Milton, and you wrote a great masterpiece about cancer. You encountered the same amount of bad luck. Cancer we already have in our family shouldn't be passed on to anyone else, and thank god that it wasn't pandemic. However, I believe that all families have their unique challenges. Blessings
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 6/1/2021 11:14:00 AM
Thanks you for your heartwarming and thoughtful comments, Lasaad. I always enjoy hearing from you. Have a wonderful week.
Date: 6/1/2021 8:10:00 AM
Sometimes titles are important. If what you wrote is true, then you had a fair share of misfortune. Which is a pity with so many cancers in the family. But I bet all families suffer in the same way. Your solution is worthy to be followed.
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 6/1/2021 9:02:00 AM
Thank you for your read and your comments, Victor. Yes, but I'm afraid that most folks will ignore the good advice, unfortunately.
Date: 6/1/2021 5:22:00 AM
Presenting a tragedy in such a " Delightful " Way/ Reduces one's fear that he is going to die one day! Absolutely marvelous writing: Informative, profound, sensible, and intelligent! I have lost both my parents to cancer. They were 45 and 47. A FAVE for me, my dearest L MILTON. Sorry to hear of your wife's demise. RIP. Blessings. Stay safe!
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Date: 6/1/2021 9:01:00 AM
Thanks so much for your scintillating comments, Demetrios, and for sharing from your own personal experience. Much appreciated.
Date: 6/1/2021 3:55:00 AM
Hi Milton, what a thoughtful poem. My daughter smokes, so does my son-in-law. It hurts to see them smoking. I have several relatives that passed away from cancer. My very Best Wishes for the contest with this compelling poem. ~
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 6/1/2021 9:00:00 AM
Gina, if they could have seen what my wife went through after a lifetime of smoking, they might put them down for good. Thanks for reading and sharing.
Date: 6/1/2021 3:20:00 AM
A powerful verse Milton, with a clear message, you cant sugar coat it, I think many on here myself included have lost friends and loved ones to that terrible disease. Best of luck in the contest and I hope you have a great week. Tom
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 6/1/2021 8:59:00 AM
Tom, it was not so much for the contest (although it worked for that) as it was for getting out an important message. Thanks so much for the read.
Date: 5/31/2021 10:47:00 PM
Hi L. Milton, You penned such an important message with good advice. Most of us, in one way or another, know someone who has had cancer. I'm so sorry to hear that several of your loved ones battled the dreadful disease. I agree; we all must be more health-conscious and live a healthier lifestyle. Contest or no contest, this is a winning write. I hope more soupers read this- Alexis
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 6/1/2021 8:58:00 AM
Thank you so much, Alexis, for your thoughtful and concerned comment. I hope more PSers will read it, too, for the message.
Date: 5/31/2021 9:14:00 PM
It is an important message indeed my friend. Many people in my mother's family have died of one form of cancer or another. My sister had it in every part of her body including her skin. I am a survivor having had Thyroid cancer but it was the Thyroid that had cancer, not me. God will call us all one day but until He is ready for me there is no need to push the matter. Great write with an important message. God Bless, JB
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 5/31/2021 9:51:00 PM
Thank you for sharing part of your story, too, JB.
Date: 5/31/2021 8:49:00 PM
Your gripping poem carries a powerful message of wisdom and healthy advice that deserves to be heard by all. Great writing, Milton. Best of wishes, Evelyn
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Date: 5/31/2021 9:51:00 PM
Thanks so much, Evelyn. Now, if PSers will just read it and take it seriously.