From a heavy and broken heart in Africa,
Sad news made its way to America
My heart sank as I read Ashley’s email,
Informing me that her dad is not feeling well
An unwelcome visitor made his way into his body,
Goes by the name cancer,
It’s a death sentence in my country.
How do you cope with no hope? No chemotherapy and no radiation.
If you can afford the treatment, go to another nation.
A huge family to take care of, a thought I couldn’t get out of my head.
The last place any breadwinner would want to be is a hospital bed.
Stricken by an incurable disease, almost dreaded like Aids,
Entertaining hopelessness was not going to be our case.
I told Ashley that the battle we were about to fight
We had to use a weapon known as our mind
Faith will be at the forefront of the battlefield
With friends, family and God, abridge of hope we will build
We believed, we cried, we hoped, and prayed together
Months had gone by since he’d been under the weather
Hospital visits and surgeries undoubtedly are taking a toll
On your family, your life, the bills just won’t go
Ashley, I understand, I’ve worn those shoes before
I asked my sister over there to also give you a call
To let you know that you and your family are not alone
She skipped class the following day, I can’t call that a heart of stone
It brought a smile on my face when you said your dad liked the flowers
And the card she got him, she was sad she stayed for less than an hour
The nurse told her to leave; she wished she could stay for long
I spoke to your mum; she said she is trying to be strong
Fear and sadness are just a few of the emotions I heard in her voice
A risky operation on your dad, the doctors are awaiting her choice
So many mouths to feed, there’s barely food on the table
The man she’s loved for years has been reduced to a vegetable
No trace of mercy can be found in cancer
Spreading internally refusing to be stopped
If you were a person, I’d ask you; how many lives have you robbed?
A flash of hope came when your dad got discharged
Only to be dimmed by that after midnight emergency visit
We hang on to the faith we have left but the light would not be lit
I was at Sam’s club getting some stuff for a picnic
When I got your message which I struggled to believe
I could not accept the fact that he was gone
I called but obviously you were in no shape to pick up your phone
Ashley, if I had wings I’d fly to be there with you
June 30 happens to be a painful day we can’t undo
I love you deeply Ashley and my love can’t be measured
Through thick and thin, may this always be what we’ll treasure
It was never goodbye that day; I know you’re a believer
Take heart because it was just see you later
For everything cancer has put you and millions of people through
Here I am still hoping that one day we’ll find a guaranteed cure