Survival Hopes by Gary Beck

The Cancer Center

is mostly silent,

inflictions too severe

for light conversation.

Everyone looks solemn,

staff and patients

burdened too heavily

to behave casually.

The facility is clean,


designed to put patients at ease.

We don’t look at each other,

concerned with our own fears,

no way of knowing

who is worse off.

All are here for the same reason,

to fight off death

as long as possible.

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