James Pharis, Jr.
Copyright © James A. Pharis, Jr.
Last Modified: November 1, 2001

Copyright © 1998, James Pharis, Jr.

Today as busy as I could be
Around the house and the yard,
A thought matured or at least advanced
As I close-clipped the greensward.

On the tractor with the loud bush hog
As I sped between the trees,
The thought came, I'm cancer-free
My heart bowed down on its knees.

Thoughts like that should come in rapt repose
At times for deep thoughts like this,
When I prepare for introspection,
Not at times of mundane bliss.

God touched my heart in a forceful way
Then I thought, how can it be?.
But then I thought, why not now Dear Lord
Should you speak peace to me?

Four years ago I thought I was cured
Which was followed by three years
Of treatment and awaiting to see,
That makes me recall the tears.

Whether it is true or not
Whatever my course in days ahead,
That thought on the lawn today
Let's me know I am not dead.

I give humble thanks to God
For the thought that came into my head.
Man is made for higher things
Than to fear what lies ahead.


7 Tips for Giving Smart on #givingtuesday
by Christina Bach, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C
November 25, 2015

Related News

Breast Density Readings by CT, Mammogram Consistent

Jan 27, 2014

Semiautomated computer-derived measurements are consistent with radiologist assessments

Obese Patients Require More Operating Room Time

Dec 10, 2012

For patients undergoing lobectomy, operating time increases with increasing BMI

ACS: Room for Improvement in Cancer Prevention, Detection

Apr 12, 2013

American Cancer Society stresses need to cut tobacco use, obesity; expand screening test use

Frequently Asked Questions