Poem for Zoe

I have a very heartbreaking story to tell. My youngest daughter who is 12 years old has a best friend of 6 years. Her name is Zoe.

Zoe has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer (yes a 12-year-old girl with ovarian cancer).. she underwent surgery last February 2016. Unfortunately, her situation worsened since then. After several chemotherapy sessions, blood transfusions, and other medical procedures; the doctors decided not to go through another surgery anymore.

Currently, Zoe has gone bald. There has been water retention in her body making her look like a pregnant young woman.

I cannot imagine how her family is coping.

As a mom myself I am deeply saddened by this. My daughter and Zoe literally grew up together.

This afternoon my daughter asked me to critique a poem she wrote for Zoe.



No matter what happens
No one will forget you
No matter how hard your feeling
No one will give up on you
No matter where life takes you
We will always be here for you

Fighting is hard but you fought coz you know you are strong
Believing in yourself is doubtful
But you believe coz you see
You never gave up
Because you know its not time to do so

What you feel today is hard but we’re always here for you
What you experience today is a blessing because no one gave up on you,
What you let us see that you are strong,
We’ll be glad that you let us know.



I almost broke down in tears reading it.  I have been with my daughter every time she visits Zoe since Zoe stopped school and I can honestly say that we can only hope for miracles…

I hope you guys pray for Zoe’s miracle too.


Published by michnavs

Philippine-born Michelle Navajas, currently residing in Malaysia. Michelle authored the book “After – Rain Skies: A Million Stars” for PWW during their Million Stars campaign. Graduated with a Master of Education majoring in English in the Philippines, Michelle was a former college professor, teaching literature, speech & oral communication, creative writing, drama, and theatre arts. Michelle is active in her writing profession and works as a freelance creative writer. Michelle passionately blogs at www.michnavs.wordpress.com, where you can find her prose and poetry on love, life, motherhood, and her advocacy on abuse and violence. A published author on Spillwords NYC https://spillwords.com/what-if-snowflakes-dont-fall-in-winter/ Her poem “Again” is published on three platforms, on MEDIUM -an International Writers and Readers Space, AFRICA WRITERS CARAVAN, and at WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS. kindly go check the following links –https://womawordsliterarypress.home.blog/2020/06/29/imagining-life-after-the-ravaging-virulent-covid-19-pandemic-a-special-journal/ –https://personalitiesofinspiration.wordpress.com/2020/06/29/imagining-life-after-covid-19-a-womawords-june-edition/

70 thoughts on “Poem for Zoe

  1. oh dear Mich. I just have some goosebumps reading this. My heart was clenched. My soul cried. Oh dear Zoe. And your daughter surely knows how to write so well like her mom.

    Sending prayers my dear. ❤ ❤ ❤

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  2. So heartbreaking for this young girl to be facing cancer at such a young age.. I can only imagine the pain of her family too.. Your daughter’s poem is beautiful and speaks so highly of her love for her friend. Sending many prayers xx

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  3. Tears are over spilling my eyes right now.. This is a very touching poem your daughter has written and my heart as a Mum goes out to Zoe her young friend.. I am sending healing thoughts and prayers out to her and adding Zoes name within my healing book of prayers in which I add the names of those in need of Healing energies..
    Love and Blessings to Zoe, and your daughter whose own strength is wonderful to see..
    ❤ Sue xx

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    1. Thanks Sue…your prayers would surely go a long way…it is indeed a very heartbreaking situation for my kid and zoe and her family as well..

      A very young girl filled with hopes and dreams..

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  4. We will include Zoe in our night prayer later. May the Good Lord grant her courage to bear all the pain and her family to trust our Lord who saves and never leaves.

    Thank you for sharing a beautiful story of faith and perseverance, not just of Zoe’s but also of you & of your 12 year old daughter.

    God is good.

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  5. Reblogged this on michnavs and commented:

    I am reblogging this post..Zoe just passed away today after 8 months of fighting for her life she is finally now in heaven.
    My daughter and the rest of her friends are saddened by this.

    Zoe is in heaven and we have an angel in heaven..


      1. I lost a dear friend at 11 yo to cancer, absolute agony but taught me heaps … allowed me to make much clearer decisions knowing that life is finite 🙂

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      2. it’s not nice but it brings home the finality, I didn’t and all the funeral I just wanted to open the coffin and tell her to get out … didn’t feel real at all 😦

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  6. That poem brought tears to my eyes and I am so sorry for what you, your daughter, and all of Zoe’s loved ones are going through. I see this is an old post, but as relevant today as it was then.

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  7. Hi michnavs. There are no words to express the loss of such a young lady who had a cancer that you do not expect in one so young. May I express my condolences to zoe’s family.Thank you for sharing. Glad you liked “Tightrope!” Be Safe. TheFoureyedPoet.

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  8. I read this again
    I know what I go through with my daughter
    When she sees me sick or in the hospital
    It’s been so hard for her to see me….
    Being a parent is never….
    Especially when it doesn’t come with a how to book
    As Sheldon Always

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