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Poetry by Cancer Caregivers: Telomeres at Work

BY COREY J. LANGER, MD

 

Whoever knew

 

An indestructible aglet

 

Could spell our doom

 

Lacing

 

Into the eyelet

 

Of a tumor

 

Like the eye

 

Of a cyclone

 

Transposing

 

An amorphous mass

 

Of cells

 

Into deadly

 

Immortality.......

 

Poetry by Cancer Caregivers: The care and feeding of laboratory rats

BY COREY J. LANGER, MD

 

Is crucial, at least till the day of sacrifice,

 

Gross sectioning; microscopic analysis.

 

The answers lie hidden

 

In the lungs or liver -

 

Petite cells containing

 

Rare insights,

 

Rarer cures

 

Perhaps.

 

COREY J. LANGER, MD, served for six years as President of Delaware Valley Poets, a grassroots group based in Lawrenceville, NJ, that conducts monthly workshops and hosts monthly readings. He continues to spearhead its monthly readings, which are now done in tandem with US 1 Worksheets at the Princeton Public Library.

 

He is Professor of Medicine and Director of Thoracic Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as Vice-Chair of the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group. His poetry has been published in Brooklines, A Muddy River Anthology, A Different Latitude, Thatchwork, Annals of Internal Medicine, Edison Literary Review, Quick and Dirty Poets, Identity Theory, U.S, 1, and U.S 1 Worksheets.

 

Regarding these two poems, he says: "'Telomeres at Work' was composed while I was developing a PowerPoint presentation on new therapies in advanced NSCLC; and 'The Care and Feeding of Laboratory Rats' was written during a lung cancer conference-I think I had seen one too many xenograft models at that point."