Poems To Inspire Cancer Patients

May 5, 2017 | by Dory Benford

For centuries, poets have composed works that seek to examine all aspects of the human experience — the joy, the sadness and everything in between.
To overcome a life-threatening illness like cancer, remaining motivated and inspired before, during and after treatment is vital. Sometimes, just a few simple words of encouragement can give you the push you need to continue moving forward.
We asked our Facebook community members to share the poetry that has given them strength, motivation and solace during their cancer journeys.


Maya Angelou, "Still I Rise"

“Just like moons and like suns,

With the certainty of tides,

Just like hopes springing high,

Still I'll rise.”


Robert Frost, "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep,  

But I have promises to keep,  

And miles to go before I sleep,  

And miles to go before I sleep.”


Rudyard Kipling, "If"

“If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew

To serve your turn long after they are gone,

And so hold on when there is nothing in you

Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’”


William Ernest Henley, "Invictus"

“It matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishments the scroll,

I am the master of my fate,

I am the captain of my soul.”


Dylan Thomas, "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night"

"Do not go gentle into that good night,

Old age should burn and rave at close of day;

Rage, rage against the dying of the light."




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