Choose Your Path – A Collection of Poems

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Loyal, strong, determined, resilient, compassionate, honest, and brave. Charles Frederick Porter II was born in Oxford England to an English mother with Jewish roots and an African American father from Annapolis, Md. Charles thrived in sports as well as academia and eventually received a full athletic scholarship to Duke University. Almost a decade later, in 2010, he was diagnosed with stage IV Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. In May of 2015, he had a relapse.


Charles’ book, ‘Choose Your Path’, a collection of poems, was written during the last three to four years of being in remission and was being published two weeks after Charles received the news that his cancer had returned. His poetry reflects upon his life threatening challenges.



At a Loss for Words

“I was lost for words before I wrote this poem so I just wrote the first thing that came to mind. I was so happy that I could burst. So I described my gratitude just for the ability to laugh, see and feel. When you are fighting stage IV cancer everything is just that much sweeter”.


Lost for, wait….

Bursting with joy.

Wishing you could feel the same

What can I do?,


Life, is not easy

Yet stronger we emerge

To see one more day

To laugh



Reprinted with permission of the author.


  1. Marlys Johnson
    Marlys Johnson / September 10, 2018 at 11:19 am /Reply

    A beautiful poem, Charles. I love your grateful attitude and determined spirit.

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    charles / September 10, 2018 at 6:11 pm /Reply

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read the work. I do hope that you find inspiration within them. Much love

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