Robert L. Lynn, Poet



By far Robert L. Lynn’s most famous poem is "Cancer Is So Limited”, written several years ago to comfort and encourage a dear friend who was sentenced to death by cancer. After giving it to his friend, he almost forgot about the verse, which took a life of its own. Someone confiscated it, attributed it to "Anonymous”, and literally millions picked it up and used it to give hope to friends and patients, or to sell it without giving attribution or compensation.


Some oncologists even quote it on the back of their business cards. One woman claimed it as "my philosophy of life” as she battled the disease. By 2004 it was seen on thousands of web sites and for sale on plaques and calligraphy.


When Lynn last Googled it, he received over 167,000,000 hits.


With the counsel of a copyright attorney he obtained a copyright in 2007. For people and merchants to use it without his permission is not just dishonest; it is also illegal and in violation of copyright laws.


He is thrilled that the verse undoubtedly lends hope to millions of cancer patients, and he hopes that the influence of the poem will continue to expand across the earth in many languages.


The legal message he is spreading now is that:

1—Anyone who wants to use the poem in whole or in part must have his permission. (contact him at robertllynn@comcast.netor 770-876-2904.) and must include the wording: Copyright 2007 by Robert L. Lynn.

2— Sale of a product containing all or part of the poem will require permission and a contract.


Below is a true copy of the copyrighted verse:



By Robert L. Lynn

They’ve sentenced you with invisible cells that

embed themselves deep in body recesses and multiply:

lymphatic assault on vital functions.


Can cancer conquer you?

I doubt it, for the strengths I see in you have

nothing to do with cells and blood and muscle.



For cancer is so limited---

It cannot cripple love.

It cannot shatter hope.

It cannot corrode faith.

It cannot eat away peace.

It cannot destroy confidence.

It cannot kill friendship.

It cannot shut out memories.

It cannot silence courage.

It cannot invade the soul.

It cannot reduce eternal life.

It cannot quench the spirit.

It cannot cancel Resurrection.


Can cancer conquer you?

I doubt it, for the strengths I see in you have

nothing to do with cells and blood and muscle.


© 2007 by Robert L. Lynn