Richard W. Reith

“YOU HAVE CANCER”
(When Death Knocks at your Door)

The eyes
I could pen books about the eyes
And I knew
I knew

The melancholy eyes of a doctor
and you know from those eyes
she believes you are going to die.

Deep eyes
soulful eyes
no words required,
yet they came:
“You have Cancer…”

Chills up your spine
a void in your chest
where your heart vaporized.

What do you say
when death knocks at your door?
“You have cancer.”

And suddenly you are in that someplace
swinging between numbness and fury
between confidence and fear.

Freefalling through your life
“You have cancer.”
The tranquility of life
The serenity of life
Simply vanished.
You have received God’s wake-up call
“Wake up! It’s time to fight”
“Wake up! It’s time to trust”

The tomorrow you always considered a given,
isn’t.
There may be no tomorrows,
only yesterdays
in the minds of those left behind.

“You have cancer…”