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POETRY IN ONCOLOGY
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 207

Death's polemic


Department of Surgical Oncology, Tata Memorial Hospital; Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Date of Submission25-Feb-2020
Date of Decision27-Feb-2020
Date of Acceptance03-Mar-2020
Date of Web Publication19-Jun-2020

Correspondence Address:
Arindam Mondal
Department of Surgical Oncology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Dr. E Borges Road, Parel, Mumbai - 400 012, Maharashtra
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/CRST.CRST_57_20

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How to cite this article:
Mondal A. Death's polemic. Cancer Res Stat Treat 2020;3:207

How to cite this URL:
Mondal A. Death's polemic. Cancer Res Stat Treat [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Jul 7];3:207. Available from: http://www.crstonline.com/text.asp?2020/3/2/207/287252



It was just another day in the ICU,

Where the sick were many, but hopes were few.

The machines sang in a cacophony of beeps;

Pumping life into the many who sleeps.

Suddenly there was a voice, “Doc! he's crashing!”

I reached the hapless patient in a dashing.

The next several minutes went by in a blur,

With compressions, ventilation and shots on the spur.

Finally we stopped; we had played our part,

In a failed bid to restart his stubborn heart.

And then I saw Death, with his solemn gaze!

Accusingly he asked, “Why do you give me that face?”

You mourn the loss of this dilapidated man!

With his body failing him, what was your plan?

When will you see, that his was never a happy fate?

Tell me honestly, do I deserve this hate?

You point to the man whom cancer killed.

With a fourth relapse, his world was but filled

With a despair so deep, and so weary of the wait;

And yet I ask you, do I deserve this hate?

The blind child you saw on your way to church,

His visionless fingers no longer on their search,

Was but spared the scorn of this world so great.

But without a second thought, I get all your hate!

And tomorrow when I come for you, my dear,

”A young flare is lost,” will people say I fear.

But is not this life a painful journey we endure,

For the reward of eternal life, blissful and pure?

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Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.






 

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