DEAR FRANCES By Frances H. Kakugawa

Omoiyari . . . Think of others first and good karma will return to you. — Frances H. Kakugawa

These poems were shared at our recent poetry writing support group for caregivers. Our discussions follow each caregiver’s poetry.


I am sad because my sister-in-law is terminally ill

I am sad because my son has stage IV cancer

I am sad because my two brothers are gravely ill

I am sad because my wife is in a vegetated state.

I am awash in sadness because I love.

I know sadness is the price you pay for love

and it is better to feel sad than not.

— Bob Oyafuso

Sacramento, Calif.

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