Find a Cure

Chloe’s eight
Sweet child, lovely smile
eternal optimism, and
stage four cancer
in her brain and spine

No, it’s not fair
Chloe knows that
She still believes in miracles
and hasn’t given up
Nor should we

Look into her sparkling brown eyes
So much life, speaking through them
telling us there’s something more powerful
than the hideous beast
feeding on her precious life energy

In all this
so much unexpected hope
from what seems so hopeless
From all this
life becomes even more special

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About Don Iannone

Don Iannone is a poet, writer, teacher and photographer who lives in the Greater Cleveland area. He has worked in the economic development field for over 35 years. Don is the author of three poetry books and five photography books. He is working on a short book of photographs and poems about human trafficking. This work was exhibited at six venues in Ohio. Don holds an M.A. degree in Art and Consciousness Studies from the University of Philosophical Research in Los Angeles, where he teaches writing. His educational background also includes studies in Anthropology, Photography, Organizational Behavior, and Economic Development. Don’s website: http://www.donaldiannone.com Wisdom Work Press: https://wisdomworkpress.wordpress.com

10 thoughts on “Find a Cure

  1. Very heartfelt and appreciated, Don. Having lost loved ones to cancer I can definitely relate. You’ve given us something memorable to think of when most of the time we make a conscious effort to try and forget. Thanks.

  2. I had the saddening privilege of witnessing a ten year old’s passing. It really was inspirational, like your poem. Children generally seem to maybe set aside the baggage easier.

  3. A very important theme. One of the hardest things is watching a child suffer and die. A necessary, albeit difficult, write.

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