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POETRY IN ONCOLOGY
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 663

Blighted breath in a bereft lung- A poignant reflection of a COVID loss


Department of Haemato-Oncology, Kingston Hospital NHS; Lead for Commercial Education and Training, Haematology Institute, King's College Health Partner; King's College, London, England, UK

Date of Submission19-Oct-2021
Date of Decision23-Oct-2021
Date of Acceptance15-Nov-2021
Date of Web Publication29-Dec-2021

Correspondence Address:
Vishal Jayakar
Kingston Hospital, Kingston Upon the Thames, London KT27QB, England
UK
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/crst.crst_239_21

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How to cite this article:
Jayakar V. Blighted breath in a bereft lung- A poignant reflection of a COVID loss. Cancer Res Stat Treat 2021;4:663

How to cite this URL:
Jayakar V. Blighted breath in a bereft lung- A poignant reflection of a COVID loss. Cancer Res Stat Treat [serial online] 2021 [cited 2022 Jan 20];4:663. Available from: https://www.crstonline.com/text.asp?2021/4/4/663/334186



A blighted breath in a bereft lung

clutters a grim grave,

Another statistic, an obituary unsung

populates the second wave.

High on life with “thrown” caution to the wind

Her old age and hoary wrinkles duly declined,

The grim reaper knocks with an early rescind

The ventilator beeps − “Wasn't she strictly quarantined?”

A warrior without a cape, she was an emblem of brave

Now, a blighted breath in a bereft lung–cluttering another grave

The siblings mourn, her infant howls

Uneffaced, the mutated virus prowls

The stench of death, rancid, and foul

The cry of grief, visceral in its growl

Devoid of ceremony, the church was shut – both narthex and nave

Her blighted breath in a bereft lung – cluttered a lonely grave

The ephemera of life, wasn't it always fleeting and finite?

“Don't go gently into the night,” is just a poem laden with contrite

Was her untimely demise just a casual oversight

With a virus that fails to reflect with inward insight?

If not the lines and tubes aplenty, the proning was her sure save

But alas! her blighted breath in a bereft lung – ordained to the grave

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