World Cancer Day


As I posted on facebook recently, today is the five year anniversary of the million step walk my son did for cancer (helpmeburycancer) across our province of Ontario, Canada. This is a small free verse poem I wrote about it.

The Gift

My heart is still capable of aching
of leaking parental pride
when I think of my son
my child
the man
trudging a million steps
over hundreds of miles
to fundraise for cancer
through snow and sleet
and freezing winds
for everyone who has ever had cancer
for everyone who will ever get cancer
for my parents
for me

(I’d also like to thank the Asahi Network for publishing one of my haiku on Friday, and Daily Haiga for accepting another of my photo-haiga!)


“We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough.” Hellen Keller


    1. Thank you so much, Wendy! And best of luck doing a poem every day this month! I would love to read some…


    1. Thanks, Marlene! It definitely came from my heart! (: Hope you’re busy writing your lovely poems.


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