This is a poem from my father’s third book of poems — all written after his initial Leiomyosarcoma diagnosis in the Spring of 2017. The tumor was removed from his right thigh, but it metastasized to his lungs in the Winter of 2017. This is his second bout with cancer — he had been diagnosed and cured of ocular cancer more than a decade ago. He never complained then and he doesn’t complain today. Had it not been for his poems, I wouldn’t have truly understood his struggles and fears. I submit this poem with a heartfelt prayer for all of those who are fighting against sarcoma — may the Turning Point of your lives become catalytic turning points for everyone around you; moving us all toward steadfast resolve in making this world better.
- Chewon Lee
In a long journey that is called life,
an event surely transpires that serves as a turning point,
changing the direction in which we are headed
Whether small or large,
that event will come with a force,
which will unroot our entire lives