The headaches are oppressive,

medication only dulls the pain.


Kids due home from school soon

and I haven’t moved from my room


Eight long years with this tumour

laser treatment stopped it growing


My wish to embrace death

gets stronger by the day


oh for relief from this constant pain

feels like my life is down the drain


The boys have their father

Mitch couldn’t cope


Government says I’m not disabled

I’m so tempted to give up hope


Have no training to get a job

car has died, I can’t cope!


Please give me strength to find the light


A previous poem about the same friend

Carrot Ranch Challenge November 29, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story using the phrase “into the dark.” What must a character face? Write about an encounter, journey, relationship, or quest. Follow the ship’s lights on gloomy seas. Go where the prompt leads you.