a young man is still alive

ten years after his diagnosis

lung cancer stage four

the deadliest of cancers

he did not give up

his doctors are amazed

with help from them and big pharma

he greets each morning

alive, aware and living


there is a woman i know

she has a fatal cancer

she remains closeted

in her brooding house

windows dark, days unseen

sleeping through the time left to her

locked in her thoughts

waiting for the end


it is not when you go

you have no say in that

it is how you go

you have everything

to say about that

Copyright Michael Douglas Scott