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AMIR STEINBERG, MD.... - Click to enlarge in new windowAMIR STEINBERG, MD.

Poetry by Cancer Caregivers: The Couple

There was an unspoken understanding

 

As if he could read her mind

 

Making thoughtful suggestions

 

And wanting to be kind

 

Yet she had her independence

 

And displayed it every day

 

He remained quiet for the most part

 

And let her have her say

 

They did not hold hands

 

And I never saw them hug

 

But they were always sitting together

 

And on my heartstrings they did tug

 

She knew the end was coming

 

But no-one knew when it would arrive

 

So we paid our respects daily

 

All hoping she'd stay alive

 

We'd see him in the hallway

 

And never far from her room

 

So many thoughts in his head

 

A pervasive one likely gloom

 

But he never showed as such

 

And I admire his devotion

 

His commitment and his love

 

One could taste that emotion

 

I will never truly know

 

What she's been through all these years

 

All the hope and dreams she shared

 

As well as all the fears

 

But I admire how they've handled it

 

With class and dignity

 

With hope and realism

 

And above all, integrity

 

AMIR STEINBERG, MD, is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tisch Cancer Institute at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, in the hematologic malignancies/stem cell transplantation group in the division of hematology-oncology.