'Hush,' Learning to Live With Cancer Loss


A woman writes a poem about her varying experiences with cancer, from surviving to losing both her father and father-in-law.

I have gratitude for surviving cancer. Unfortunately, my dad and my father-in-law didn’t.

We never get over losing them, but we do learn to live with it, and we are always grateful for the time we did have with them on this beautiful blue planet called Earth.


Blue rain glistens

as it suddenly pours

Holy sorrows

spilling onto shining river rocks



the crystal drops splatter

to the Earth

and into the fast-flowing stream

Filling to the brim

with warm, healing tears

This poem was originally submitted for the CURE® 2021 Poetry Contest.

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