A lovely young lady of around forty some odd years, who works for me, just found out she has breast cancer.

So she troops up and schedules surgery. Then finds out it has metastasized. To her lungs. No surgery.

Prepare for chemo, which she does. Then she finds out it has metastasized to her brain.

I am not capable of being the person she is. This is for her. And now we’ve lost Elizabeth Edwards.

A brave and endearing soul.

Like No Other

by victortouche

Place a key

into the lock

upon the door

and turn the knob.

Let’s see,

let’s see…tomorrow.

What happens when

you wake to find

the plans you’ve laid


book store puzzles,

just disassembled.

Serenity’s view

has come to stay.

Place a key

into the lock

upon the door.

Turn the knob

and start to pray

because you’ve found

each day

is like no other.

Douglas Colthurst 2010

Douglas Colthurst

Born in rural Illinois, graduated from a high school with total enrollment of one hundred seventy-five students. Attended the University of Illinois, majoring in Biology. Received a liberal arts degree. Went on to the University of Illinois Dental College and graduated with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree in 1981. Six months as the dentist for Pontiac Maximum Security Prison, Pontiac, Illinois. I have started a book on this time, entitled " The Walk ". Private practice of Dentistry, twenty-nine years, in a small community in northern Illinois. My writing started about seven years ago. I always wanted to explore the other side of my brain, but my sound, midwestern values coerced my efforts toward a paycheck for some time. Why poetry? Well, it just started somehow. Emotional stress does tend to bring out the best in writers, doesn't it? And also maybe for musicians, artists, and perhaps all human expression. "A Christmas Reflection" was written for our family Christmas dinner in 2004.

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