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A dear friend revealed she has cancer and this is our first conversation on the subject. She has her own defitnitionn on being 'fine' which I will share soon. dlj

You’ll be fine
© 2009
Dan Johnson

We got together for dinner,
You said, you had bad news
I could tell instantly
You’re scared
I hear it in your voice,
I see it in your eyes,
I feel it in the tremble of your heart,
What do I say?
Where do I start?
You smile and say
“Luckily they say it’s early stage,
They caught it, just in time.”
My response is feeble,
I take a bite of food, and cheerfully reply,
“Great, that’s great, you’ll be fine.”

My words fail like a politician’s promise,
all sizzle no steak.

My lie is spoken with a hope,
I want you to be fine,
I want you strong
I don’t know if you’ll be fine,
I only want you that way.
 

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Reviewed by Jansen Estrup
Somehow I find more sympathy with the poet than the loved one suffering so much anxiety ... are neither, rather none of us really
capable of empathy at the moment? We feel inadequate, but
eventually come around to extending an ego-centric wish for the 'other' - 'my words, my lie, I want, I want, I don't' - self preservation makes it so difficult for us to put ourselves in another's situation. Perhaps it would be devastating if we could really do that. Maybe the only real response is not verbal but physical, an enfolding hug, an embrace to be felt together. I applaud the poet's honesty and feel sympathy if not empathy for his 'feeble' response. Thank you. Jan
Reviewed by kg cummings
the dread in this poem hit me to the pit of my stomach. You express the response well. One must always keep hope, just wish I could live by those words. Kathy
Reviewed by L. Figgins
Words are small comfort. Just be there for your friend and support them as much as you can. A listening ear, a strong shoulder. We feel so helpless and awkward at these times. Such an honest and emotional write. Pulls at the heartstrings. Prayers for your friend and a prayer of comfort for you, D...

Lin
Reviewed by Bernice Lakota
Very touching, very sweet sentiments for your friend
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson
This is so powerful and touches the heart....your last lines speak so perfectly....for I've been there.
Reviewed by George Thompson
Very well stated. I hope all went well. These things can tear us apart, can't they?

George
Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle
A well written poem,take care

EDWIN
Reviewed by E T Waldron
sadly honest,and hopefully it will be fine! Let's pray it will be!
Excellent poem, DL!

ET
Reviewed by Myrna Badgerow
You know I could paint myself in this poem because I lived it with my sister. You want to say the right thing but you realize there is no right thing and you find yourself wishing more than anything that you can backtrack and start the conversation over. I will keep your friend in my thoughts and to you, my friend, just be there for her as I kmow you will be..)
love and hugs, SPP
Reviewed by Debby Rosenberg
powerful expression of this emotion and experience. Hugs. I too am experiencing this. Two are in treatment and one has passed. Remember words are of the mind...but the heart expresses the Love. Feel for them my friend.

Debby
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
Dan,

This puts a lump in my throat - so sad. We, who don't know, respond with platitudes - the ending stanza is spot on - well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
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