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Goodbye My Love - A Smoker's Lament

Rating: 4.0
I learned today that I am almost dead
Although I've felt but just a little pain
The cancer in my lung went to my head
And life for me will never be the same

I started smoking at an early age
But never thought that it would bother me
But now my feelings merge into a rage
Oh God above, how stupid could I be
How could I risk my precious time with you
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Kim Barney 19 December 2014
Wow! This should go to The American Cancer Society to be used as their theme. Absolutely heart-wrenching.
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Wow Doc, I'm going to send this to my brother. He is a smoker and has 2 small children. He knows there is a cancer history in out family and still won't quit. Thanks for writing this.
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Sandra Feldman 05 May 2013
Every stupid smoker should read this poem. Dr. Hope the man inthe poem is not you. Extremely well writen. Very touching
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Cynthia Buhain-baello 04 September 2012
Ah, the final days of Consequence drain all the tears one can give but will never grant reprieve on the Death bed. I've seen and encountered so many who ask for prayers of healing after so many years of chain smoking - then they get angry when the healing does not come. A fine and excellently written poem that serves as a reminder for all who smoke. May I please share this on my facebook page?
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Melissa Carey 11 April 2012
I'm with everyone else on this poem. This tugged on my heartstrings. And I am actually emotion- filled. I too, am hoping this isn't autobiographical.
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Martin O'Neill 22 February 2012
I do hope this is not autobiographical? Painful read.
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Valerie Dohren 22 February 2012
So very sad Richard - is this about yourself?
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Cynthia Buhain-baello 22 February 2012
I posted a comment for this poem but somehow it evaporated into thin air. So here's another. I find the poem deeply moving and excellently written.
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