Augustus

Cancer Dying

Cry with cancer
Spouse wore out
Get on with dying.
Where's humanity?
Gut shot by a yank
be dead back then,
pinches of laudanum
to the other side.
Jailed Kevorkian.
You bastards!
Is there really
a road to Oregon?

 


Augustus / Seasons Hospice, Houston TX / May 2017

Comments7

  • Louis Gibbs

    Having just recently met you here, Augustus, I am not familiar with your back story, knowing you only as a brilliant poet. I hope not, but suspect, that this poem is a personal one. My heartfelt sympathy if this is so.
    I lost my dearest friend in this life to cancer, and he/we went through this same scenario. It's a bitch, anyway you slice it! Kudos on this fine poem. I feel you.

    • Augustus



      (78 y.o. Gleason 9 prostate cancer with metastasis to nodes and lungs, sarcomatoid (small cell) rare, diagnosed 11/28/15, trials on Triptorelin, Docetaxel, Cisplatin, Cisplatin Etopozide, Cabazitaxel , Zytiga, immunotherapy (clinical trial)JTX 2011, and finally an AKT inhibitor (MSC2363318A) (clinical trial)based on mutations in my genome. In March 2017 developed severe lymphedema right leg, secondary to metástasis to lymph nodes. May 2017, ecoli infection and intestinal blockage, then pneumonia, entered hospice May 20, 2017.)

      • Augustus



        (78 y.o. Gleason 9 prostate cancer with metastasis to nodes and lungs, sarcomatoid (small cell) rare, diagnosed 11/28/15, trials on Triptorelin, Docetaxel, Cisplatin, Cisplatin Etopozide, Cabazitaxel , Zytiga, immunotherapy (clinical trial)JTX 2011, and finally an AKT inhibitor (MSC2363318A) (clinical trial)based on mutations in my genome. In March 2017 developed severe lymphedema right leg, secondary to metástasis to lymph nodes. May 2017, ecoli infection and intestinal blockage, then pneumonia, entered hospice May 20, 2017.)

      • 3 more comments

      • orchidee

        A sensitive and poignant write.

        • Augustus

          Thanks, I have a spiritual side as well praying for grace.

        • P.H.Rose

          Very very good sir..
          Just bang on !!!!

          • Augustus

            Determination comes and goes. Capturing and embracing it is a goal. Thanks

          • Fay Slimm.

            My heart goes out to you Augustus my faraway poet-friend - sending you warmest of hugs to aid that fight to continue. xxx from Fay in Cornwall U.K.

            • Augustus

              Enjoy the hugs especially from distant poets. I am actually trying to stay positive.

            • swingline

              God has a way of testing our resolve , even in the face of Death . Remember we die but once for life in Christ .

              • Augustus

                Thanks for your sincere comment

              • Goldfinch60

                Strong write and your strength of purpose to live every minute shines through your words.

                • Augustus

                  Reflecting on my life I have always gone the distance with determination though others did it quicker, smarter or different. Thanks.

                • Kurt Philip Behm

                  What a moving, questioning and powerful Poem. I'm proud to call you my friend!

                  Kurt



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