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The cancer within

He
Travelled far for his work
Slogging from six to ten
————–
Persistent Cough
He never smoked
He never drank
————–
One son
 In his twenties
Works and drinks
His wages gone 
————
His wife
She a maid
Or was
———-
Lost  her jobs
Too many breaks
For visits 
To
The hospital
————-
No money 
No help
The government hospital
—————
A hole in his throat
A pipe to feed
The pain 
Uncontrollable
————–
Tears he sheds
Cannot speak 
Hands outstretched 
Begging for relief
————-
His body eaten up
No morphine for his pain
The hospitals won’t take him
He’s a hopeless case
————-
My maid  she shares
A generous soul
With her next door neighbour
From her meagre wages
————-
She feels
His tears
She hears his voice
He cannot talk
————
My little boy
His stack of coins
To her he gives
Why don’t I?
———–
Am I afraid
Of the rehab
———-
He takes the coins
Buys his release
It dosent kill
He lingers on
————–
His pain increases 
Begs for death
Every day
His wife suffering
In silence
———–
At last he is in
That wonderful place
Where the sisters
Take his pain
———
Morphine they give
They say their prayers
For healing
Of the spirit
———–
Then he gives up
His soul
Free at last
————
She calls up 
My maid
———–
I’m away
I need to see him
I’ll cook and go
But someone asks her
Why you
Isn’t there any other
I’m ashamed
Am I the other
I didn’t do
So much I could
In secret
———/
No one 
Would  have known
I was afraid
Of the rehab
————
Of being
A misfit

Now the cancer

It hurts

Within me

By Jyothsna DSouza

I’m at home
With my children
With plenty of time
To read, teach, and muse

I believe if you have
The capacity
To do good
And others
They confirm
It is good
If it’s important
For many,
Not one
One must persist
To the end,
Till all one’s
Resources
Are exhausted

Man lives on hope

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