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

My Life's Greatest Feets

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.

Chinese Herbal Cures

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.