Maggie’s Cancer Support Centre
I don’t exactly celebrate World Cancer Day.
I nod in recognition, head for Maggie’s,
the home from home that helped me sing again
something a while ago I thought I’d never do.
I was just a wreck when I first came here
but soon re-floated by the warming smiles of welcome,
the lovely building, blending peace and hope
with listening expertise of staff and volunteers.
More buoyancy has come from empathetic friends
who also swim the breaking waves of cancer
with life-affirming songs, art, writing,
cheery conversation, yoga, Nordic walking–
and always tea and coffee, cakes and biscuits
and more smiles.