It was Pancreatic Cancer, he said.

He was in and out of hospital

He said

3 years, in and out

He said.

His deep set eyes and cavernous wrinkles

They said.

He was a man who knew what pain is

The pain in his eyes said it all.

He said, he had tried to escape his sterile prison

He said, the pain was so bad

He wanted to throw himself under a bus

And the driver would have had no say in the matter

He said.

They’d given him two days to live

He said.

But doctors say the craziest things.

The coffee rings of fatigue on his cheeks

Had a lot to say about John.

They said – look at this man

Merely clinging on to life,

Clinging on to a life of pain.

You see, again and again

He would tell the very same story

To anybody who would listen

He said.

While smoking yellow finger smokes outside A&E.

Waiting to have his say taken away.

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