The agonizing pain of losing a cancer-cursed child remains.
The poor child’s light was extinguished by the pain.
Cancer dimmed their inner light except a strain.
Endless radiation and chemotherapy left them lame.
Time for goodbye, so family came.
Nothing would be the same;
Who was to blame?
Cancer’s a shame.
"My inspiration for this piece came from my experience of volunteering with cancer patients at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital. I have recently lost two kids I visited every week and it has been hard to accept." - Claire Schnoebelen, 11th grade, Regina High School.