Friday, December 1, 2017
Last night I drove to the ER,
In pain and so alone…
Every symptom pointed to,
Passing a Kidney stone.
The pain levels, an “Irregular,
Charting from one to ten”,
The next day, a roller coaster,
Was chaotic, but no pain again.
Scared, yet I was laughing,
Escaping to a higher plain…
I learned life can turn on a dime.
Sepsis put me In danger again.
Three days in the hospital,
Became an uncharted trip…
I came home from the netherworld.
Tethered to an antibiotic drip…
One day before planned surgery,
I passed the tiniest stone…
Sixteen thousand dollars,
Paid for my ticket home.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
When I was in kindergarten,
My mother managed to save face,
The day I put on my own shoes
And could tie a bow in my lace.
I ran shoeless in Hawaii,
In the summer of ’62.
Neither foot that summer,
Slipped on any kind of shoe.
My senior year had two choices,
The slip-ons worn by boaters,
And the ultimate of style,
Only allowed Bate’s Floaters.
My decades on the farm
Required faux Texas roots…
I squeezed my feet for ten years,
Into Durango square toed boots.
Go figure, now I’m elderly,
With nothing left to lose…
Lame, I appear athletic
Wearing Adidas jogging shoes.
Everything is different,
Nothing’s like it was before…
My thick head of hair and muscles,
Are not visible any more.All the future dreams I had,
Sadly, no longer exist…
If I wrote a crush a message,
I’d get a legal “Cease and desist”.
I remember all the sweet dreams,
When I worked rewarding vocations…
Now I toss and turn all night,
Awaking with various dislocations.
The hips, the knees, the lower back.
Are a source of constant pain…
Chinese buffets are instant comfort,
Though we may never walk again.