My wife now likes it quiet
as far as my speaking is concerned.
Words meant to assure can seem a riot
is one of the things I have learned.
Many times she will lower her head
and put her hands over her ears.
Even with treatment cancer can spread
and that is what consumes us with fears.
With my spouse I want to snuggle
but I can't even hold her hand.
She's in a life and death struggle
our house of hope built on sand.