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Nature of the Beast

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Lori Grosser Rhoden
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since 10-10-2009
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Fair to middlin'


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It is always easier
said than done.
Especially when the doing
is being done
by someone else.
Because if it were me,
or I was you,
rolls off the tongue
so easily.
I think the thought
of what we’d do,
though it would never
happen to us,
if threatened with
terminal illness,
has crossed our minds.
I think we think,
when brought up short
to face the mere chance
of our demise,
we will turn over
new leaves.
We will treat each day
as if it were our last.
Our hearts will fill
with a loving kindness
and patience
we’ve never known before.
Each new day will fill us
with the joy of being alive.
Ah, perhaps in a perfect world.
A world where the diagnosis
of the disease
doesn’t make us sick
before symptoms do.
A world where the fear
isn’t all consuming
and brings out our better self.
A world where pain fills us
with compassion for others.
But, no, it’s not a perfect world.
The cure would like to kill us.
It takes us to the depths
of our souls,
just to see what we’re made of.
It shames us with our
weakness and helplessness.
It hangs our head in despair.
Then when all is said and done,
and the Gods grant us remission,
we are weightless
with relief of mind.
Our ravaged bodies
left to recover
as best they can.
We are cured with fingers crossed.
That is the nature of the beast.

  
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JerryPat2
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since 02-06-2011
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South Louisiana


1 posted 07-16-2017 08:28 AM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

The "nature of the beast"  is sometimes a very hard taskmaster, but you have laid it out so perfectly about how to fight back. Better days ahead for you I hope, Lori.

~ If they give you ruled paper, write sideways. ~
Lori Grosser Rhoden
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2 posted 07-16-2017 09:05 AM       View Profile for Lori Grosser Rhoden   Email Lori Grosser Rhoden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lori Grosser Rhoden

We'll see on the 18th, what is what. ~L
JerryPat2
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3 posted 07-16-2017 09:18 AM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

Fingers crossed.
BluesSerenade
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since 10-23-2001
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By the Seaside


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We all have our battles to fight and no one can possibly know the challenges we face unless they have been down the same road.  I am keeping the right thoughts for you and your family...and I love how you write Lori.  
Lori Grosser Rhoden
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5 posted 07-17-2017 07:28 PM       View Profile for Lori Grosser Rhoden   Email Lori Grosser Rhoden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lori Grosser Rhoden

Thanks for lovin' on my stuff Blues, means a lot to me. I'd have (completely) lost my mind for sure if I hadn't been able to write about it. I appreciate the good thought too.~L
Poet In Pink
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since 05-18-2017
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MI


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Very touching write Lori Lou ~ Hoping and praying with all my heart for you & yours ~ Huggerz ~ Alana
Lori Grosser Rhoden
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7 posted 07-18-2017 06:02 AM       View Profile for Lori Grosser Rhoden   Email Lori Grosser Rhoden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lori Grosser Rhoden

Thanks Pinkyfinger,
It is down to just a matter of hours now before we find out. I had a hard time sleeping last night. Thanks for the prayers.
~L
 
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