AM Juster

(1956 -)

Cancer Prayer - Poem by AM Juster

Dear Lord,
Please flood her nerves with sedatives
and keep her strong enough to crack a smile
so disbelieving friends and relatives
can temporarily sustain denial.

Please smite that intern in oncology
who craves approval from department heads

Please ease her urge to vomit; let there be
kind but flirtatious men in nearby beds.

Given her hair, consider amnesty
for sins of vanity; make mirrors vanish.

Surround her with forgiving family
and nurses not too numb to cry. Please banish
trite consolations; take her in one swift
and gentle motion as your final gift.


Comments about Cancer Prayer by AM Juster

  • Unwritten Soul (11/14/2010 3:39:00 AM)


    Great looking soul in you :) pray to those who needed make life so tolerance...wonderful life will always stay beautiful if there is many more prayer like u (Report) Reply

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  • (3/10/2007 11:08:00 PM)


    This is a beautiful, practical, compassionate statement. My compliments to the author. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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