1. Steinberg, Amir MD

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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.