i got word last night that a dear friend of mine
died of cancer on friday.
i haven’t shed a tear.
it was a long 8 year battle.
even she wanted it over.
in the last year
she has suffered much.
how many lives in my life has cancer stalked.
and last year . . .
even my own.
one becomes numb to the very word.
i feel only relief for her sweet body and soul.
she will be missed.
but it’s blessedly over for her.
the rest of us . . .
even with it all . . .
it’s still good to be alive i think.
i wish people would be more kind to each other.
i wish people like the senator from my state of oklahoma
wouldn’t embarrass me
when he says
” global warming is a conspiracy.”
i wish every single thing we say or thing would not be
i wish people could work together to make this world better.
i wish they cared less about money
and more about the planet.
i wish that
in real estate.
in highly specialized technical jobs.
they keep asking for
more and more and more
i have donated much money to
in the past.
my mother died of it.
my sister in law.
bob’s uncles and aunts.
so many … many
of my friends.
the latest one just last friday.
i gave and gave and gave.
from a sense of duty.
so i must help.
but not anymore.
you may be shocked.
but i refuse to give anymore.
the cancer industry
didn’t have to keep going
didn’t have to keep providing so many jobs . . .
wasn’t part of the medical infrastructure itself . . .
a monster that needs supporting . . .
FOREVER it seems . . .
well . . .
maybe there would be a cure.
we will keep living in this world
it’s all a paradox isn’t it?
just a few days ago . . .
one soul left.
another little soul arrived.
one of my dearest friends welcomed
a tiny new grand daughter.
she’s beautiful and healthy.
she has a little “big sister” who is overjoyed.
as is her entire family.
that’s the beauty of life.
we take our turn here on this stage.
we endure what we have to endure.
we enjoy what we’re privileged to enjoy.
and we smile through our tears.
and . . .
if you live in buffalo new york . . .
. . .
the rest of us are watching.
our hearts are with you.
til soon old bean.