James Bredin

Rookie (1933 / Ennis Canada)

They Tell You; You Have Cancer Aug 22nd,2012 - Poem by James Bredin

James Bredin

If they tell you that you have cancer and you will very soon die,
And it's a very painful process so you better say goodbye,
And you can't arrange when to die so you will suffer as they say,
Our Supreme Court told Sue Rodriguez that there was no other way.

Because death with dignity is banned in this Canada land,
Never mentioned in the papers so nothing can be planned,
And we don't have binding referendums so we can't change,
We can't even put an oil pipe across a mountain range.

There should be some way to get around this national situation,
Or are we slowly headed for our own national damnation?
Because we will die but we don't know how, why, when or where just yet,
But death with dignity would ease the pressure; you can bet.

Aug 22nd 2012

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, August 22, 2012

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