6124. judithathome - 9/18/2015 9:30:55 PM
Lately, NPO's sentiments are one and the same with mine....aging sucks and even when I hear the alternative is worse, I'm not so fucking sure...........
6125. arkymalarky - 9/19/2015 3:39:32 PM
At a certain point you start to hear more often that there are worse things than death. Since a friend said it about a relative of hers in discussing Stan's dad's cancer twelve years ago I've heard it more and more. Shocking and sudden and heartbreaking as it was, there have been more than a few comments on how lucky it was his brother went like he did, despite his young age.
6126. judithathome - 9/19/2015 8:19:55 PM
I have always thought that my parents were lucky they went so quickly: my dad in an older man's DREAM...two years after my mom and at dinner with a younger woman...and with an engagement ring for her in his pocket.
My mom died suddenly 3 days after hip surgery of a blood clot...she had her first physical therapy appointment scheduled for later that afternoon...
No painful, difficult lingering illnesses and no "dread" of death BECAUSE in each case, they were forward-looking to and at the very end.
6127. arkymalarky - 9/19/2015 9:17:53 PM
My parents just drove off from our House a few minutes ago. They're really beginning to worry about that, and although they're trying to plan for it, I don't know really how you can. They say they're ready to go, but they're not ready to have a prolonged end.
6128. judithathome - 9/19/2015 10:10:17 PM
Hey...I'm your parents age (or younger!)...I think. I have SUCH a jaded attitude toward "the end"...bring it on!
I have no desire whatsoever to linger...and trust me, I will not.
6129. judithathome - 9/19/2015 10:11:39 PM
6130. arkymalarky - 9/19/2015 10:26:38 PM
Yeah. My dad's 84 and my mother 79.
6131. arkymalarky - 9/19/2015 10:27:20 PM
Stan says the same as you.
6132. judithathome - 9/20/2015 6:22:33 PM
Well, if I am still as sharp as your dad when I reach his age, I might be less enthusiastic about checking out...
But that's not likely to happen...hell, I'm not as sharp as he is now and that I'm 12 years younger!
6133. arkymalarky - 9/20/2015 9:54:39 PM
Ha! He is beginning to get repetitive. And physically is a lot slower.
6134. judithathome - 9/21/2015 7:15:33 PM
Welcome to the club!!
6135. NuPlanetOne - 10/22/2015 4:03:19 AM
BTW, No Ark, fortunately, 'bye daddy' isn't about me. My dad kept all his marbles to the end. It's about a friend's dad. In a lucid moment he explained it's a glitch. You get one foot stuck in a dream and can't figure out how to pull it out. So sad.
6136. RickNelson - 11/12/2015 4:55:56 AM
I'm so glad I stopped in tonight. I didn't think Nu would have stopped by. Thank you Nu, arky, judith!
I found this a while back, and needed to revise it today.
5399. RyckNelson - March 12, 1999 - 6:24 PM PT*(Revised today)
You mind me now, just hold that thought
Milkweed stalks grew near the river.
Roots ran deep in the gardens tilled soil.
Pose in that field of dandelions, and I'll take your picture,
with the river in the background it'll make a nice scene.
Hold that thought!
Remember pumping water from the well?
It was near a wall of the back porch.
Remember the wood pile looming roof high?
It sat near the wood shed out back.
Rickety, old squeaky steps rise with the stove pipe.
Hold that thought!
The piano and slide bar guitar captured attention,
We sang among the lilac blooms, potted on the sill.
Oh, the bread would smell good fresh from the oven.
We sat at the kitchen table, spreading jam and butter.
Hold that thought!
Holding to memories soft pleasure.
A requiem of land now held fallow.
The stone markers convey little.
Our memory, we memorialize that life.
6137. RickNelson - 11/12/2015 4:59:46 AM
Nu, I truly smiled the entire reading of 6120. Awesome!
I'll pick one particular grinner:
"From circumspection, that upon intense
Inspection, these things, are, one definable
6138. judithathome - 11/13/2015 8:57:37 PM
The woodpile reference reminded me of my grandfather's house in Missouri! AND the well...best-tasting water ever!
6139. NuPlanetOne - 11/17/2015 6:04:04 AM
Thanks Rick, old buddy. I really like the way 'Hold that thought' holds the mood and dances right down to the end. Very nice.
And it's very nice to drop by and still find this place!
6140. NuPlanetOne - 12/1/2015 8:44:11 AM
You Made the Future
I see the future, often.
I can't help it.
Not like, the future
Long from now, but
Screw it, I see shit coming.
Everything from next lines
In a movie, to what you will
Say if I say this, or that.
What way a cat will move.
Or, when it will rain.
You have no idea, my dear
What's coming next. When you decide,
It happens. So I knew
What to do when you said goodbye.
Cause I saw it coming.
I hate seeing the future.
Odd, after you said goodbye,
I couldn't see the future
As clearly. For a long time.
6141. judithathome - 12/1/2015 7:55:27 PM
6142. NuPlanetOne - 4/4/2016 6:42:33 AM
You Look Different
and when death peeks at you
and you see it looking
first> horror, then you measure
the distance. Suddenly near
fear seems different
death has a form. Before
time stretched over it
a shorter stretch, it seemed
but it covered and shrouded
like a sheet over a statue
now half the sheet is sliding
a form is coming into focus
the different fear is an awful
lonliness. On your face
Some will see it looking out
6143. arkymalarky - 4/4/2016 11:29:52 PM
Love the simile and the tone