My life has many parts. Like a jigsaw puzzle. Each one of those parts contains a different part of the picture, a fragment of the whole. One of those pieces happens to be that I had cancer. 

Without that experience, I wouldn't be the person I am. The picture would be incomplete. But it's only one piece. A big piece, maybe, but not the whole picture. Not even close. And so I wrote the poems on the next pages, in the hopes that through them, you will learn to:

See Me

Sounds of Silence

 To the Frog Ponds
 To my other poems
 To Maddy's Story

Joan Fleitas, Ed.D., R.N.
Associate Professor of Nursing, Lehman College, CUNY
Bronx, New York 10468

 Last updated: May 14, 2006