Today has officially been the worst day of my life. My Nana is terminally ill. Words, not even the ones below, can't express how devastated I am over the sitatuation. It's still so raw. I had to write this just to help it sink in. But it hasn't worked really. Why did this have to happen to her?

I walked through the door at half past five

Had so much to say which was on my mind

I smiled at Mum, but her face was grim

‘I’ve got some news for you,’ she said, as I walked in


‘The doctors have come up with the answer,

And it’s not good news; Nana’s got cancer.’

My face crumpled; tears fell down my face

Mum pulled me into a warm embrace


As I sobbed into her shoulder, wishing something would give

Mum softly added, ‘She’s been given six months to live.’

And those words were the blade which cut through my heart

I sobbed a little harder and just fell apart


I thought of Nana, in her hospital bed

Wires and tubes crowning her head

I thought of her running up the stairs

I thought she’d got better; this isn’t fair


I thought of her smile and her selfless ways

I stood with Mum, in a surreal daze

Nana was the last person to deserve this

This was her life – couldn’t the doctors preserve it?


I love you, Nana, I always will

When you are healthy, and when you are ill

Stay with us for as long as you can

Don’t leave us behind just yet, Nan



Submitted: March 08, 2012

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This is really beautiful. I luv this a lot. It's very emotional and I really do adore that about you. Did you show this poem to her? I bet she'd luv it. I am sorry if it got worse hunny :( Life is cruel sometimes. But about the poem, I thought it was original and came straight from the heart. Good job. xxJamile

Sun, March 11th, 2012 7:26pm


Thank you so much. :') It means a lot. I haven't shown her yet, she doesn't want us to worry so I'm trying to stay strong. :/ Thank you so much for your kind words though. :) x

Sun, March 11th, 2012 3:02pm

Kristalina Juarez

wow this is deep

Sat, May 19th, 2012 9:09pm


Thanks :')

Sat, May 19th, 2012 4:10pm

Tiger Lilly

This is one of the best poems I've read on Booksie, you truly poured your heart out into this poem. It's so deep. I can relate to this.

Sun, May 27th, 2012 1:25am


Wow, that means sooo much! Thank you so much. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

Sun, May 27th, 2012 1:16pm


This was a sad poem, but a really good one!!!!

Sun, June 3rd, 2012 3:56am


Aw, thank you. :')

Sun, June 3rd, 2012 7:03am

Antoine Watson I

I actually agree with Rachel in saying this is one of the best poems i read on booksie. I could visualize the day as if it happened to me because the imagery was there. The emotion and loved poured through the words and the format was good as well. I am very sorry that she is ill and i will keep you and her in my prayers. But i am happy to see beauty stem from darker times. Very nice

Sun, June 3rd, 2012 11:23pm


Wow, that comments means a lot to me, it really does. Thank you so much for your kind words. I'm glad you liked it. :)

Sun, June 3rd, 2012 4:31pm


Wonderful piece. Raw and breathtaking in the sense that's personal.

Thank you for sharing such a piece. Emotions were present indefinitely.

Tue, June 26th, 2012 7:42am


Wow, thank you very much! Your words really mean a lot. :')

Tue, June 26th, 2012 2:08pm

Lexie Rift

I've never read such an emotional poem, this is absolutly amazing, It's pure emotion put into poetic words.

Sat, June 30th, 2012 10:38am


Thank you very, very much. :')

Sat, June 30th, 2012 4:25am

Ned Flanders

Wow this is really really amazing.This is beautiful and you are amazing! Thank you for putting this up because it is AMAZING!

Tue, July 3rd, 2012 3:38am


Wow, thank you so, so much! :') It really does mean a lot. :')

Tue, July 3rd, 2012 1:47pm


All the poems i've read this is one of the best u r very very talented! I hope yr grandmother gets better but remember shell always be with u no matter what

Mon, July 23rd, 2012 11:05pm


Wow, thank you very, very much! That means so much. :') And thank you very much, she's very ill at the moment, but I know I'll always have the memories.

Mon, July 23rd, 2012 4:08pm


This is an amazing poem with deep feelings it made me want to cry in the end and it wasnt that long that means that it was very good cuz nothin usually touches me so deeply

Mon, July 23rd, 2012 11:10pm


Thank you so much! I'm glad that it had such an impact on you; I guess it means it portrays the emotion I'm feeling at the moment. Again, thank you so much! It means a lot. :)

Mon, July 23rd, 2012 4:15pm

a geek

woow ! i totally ADORE this ,, and i know it feels ! i loved the last part the most its very touchy ,, keep up the good work ! and dont be sad :D

Tue, July 24th, 2012 8:43pm


Thank you very much, it truly means a lot! :) And I think these days most people know the feeling. :/ But thank you. :)

Tue, July 24th, 2012 2:13pm


wow i love this poem, it brought tears to my eyes, your very talented and cant wait to read more of your writing =D and when it comes to feelings like that just keep in mind your not alone :)

Fri, July 27th, 2012 12:54am


Wow, thank you so much! I'm glad it touched you! :') I realise that now. I think when something pains you so much, you think you're the only person in the world who could feel such hurt, but after a few days, weeks, whatever, I realised that everyone goes through it too. :) Thank you!

Fri, July 27th, 2012 8:55am

Silver H

This is amazing, I'm nearly in tears but I love it.

Sun, July 29th, 2012 10:38pm


Thank you so much. I'm happy it touched you. :')

Sun, July 29th, 2012 4:06pm

Poetic sorrow

This was touching. I can always feel the realness in a poets work...and this was real. Thank you for sharing, your welcome to check out some of my work as well. I'd appreciate it. :)

Mon, July 30th, 2012 10:51pm


Thank you so much. :') I'm glad it's had that effect, and I'm more than happy to look at your work. :)

Mon, July 30th, 2012 4:06pm

Stormbird Throneshaker

Sadly, but wonderfully, written.

Tue, July 31st, 2012 2:05am


Thank you. :')

Tue, July 31st, 2012 2:02pm


Wow what a nicely expressed poem, loved each and every line, very touchy.......... Good work :)

Tue, July 31st, 2012 12:24pm


Thank you very much! :)

Tue, July 31st, 2012 2:05pm

Ella Lynn

aw! Its so perfect in everyway shape and form! This means a lot because my nanna just got cancer and I can only imagine how devastated you are!!

Tue, July 31st, 2012 8:36pm


Thank you so much! :') And I am so sorry to hear that, I truly hope she gets better very soon! It is a difficult time but she's so great about it, she never complains once and if she's genuinely content and isn't suffering then it makes things easier. :) Thanks again. :)

Tue, July 31st, 2012 2:21pm


Great work emotionally intense :)

Mon, October 1st, 2012 6:36pm


Thank you very much!

Wed, October 3rd, 2012 3:08am

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