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A poem for Barnaby

Cancer, The Downs and The Ups

My boy, my child, I'm sorry, this journey was for you...

Pounces, snatches, latches on.
It spins you round, throws you up and slams you down.
It robs you, claws you, devours, and overpowers you.
It seizes you and drags you down.
Takes you to a place you never thought you would be found.

Treats you, but beats you, pummels, and thrashes you,
It abuses you, batters you and strips you down. It eats your hair, your strength, your bones, your dignity.
To restore you, it torments you, poisons you, pollutes you to…

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 A poem for Barnaby

At the age of 13, Barnaby was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma. His mum Ali wrote this poem about the ups and downs of cancer.


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