Almost a year I’ve been trapped here
A prisoner in my room
The days slip by and I ask why
Did I deserve this doom

It started with some belly pain
And when the tests were through
They told me you’ve got cancer
There’s not much we can do

So deadly drugs they feed to me
I am a guinea pig.
Full doses of the chemo
Taking my will to live

Metastases are everywhere
My bones in agony
I am so scared of what’s to come
Please someone talk with me

The doctors come the doctors go
Same questions everyday
The only question on their mind
Is when will I pass away

Thoughts slip away to a day
When nothing was beyond my reach
Those days are gone, I must pass on
And no more will I teach

Edric Schwartz, Chicago, Class of 2002