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I watched it all over my friend’s dear shoulder,
that day of living and dying and celebrating
like a garden snake the shedding of the skin,
the detritus of material man with its hunger and
wild, woody creative soul, sketching ruby-jeweled
memories in sand to be blown like a Tibetan mandala
across Timelessness while he, lone monk, gripped
by systems on systems of hospital wiring, billing,
approvals, and laws around funerals and burials,
estates, plans, and proposals for headstones and
the where, when, and how of a memorial service,
the left-overs of his life to be sorted, stashed, stored
or sent to the right people in the right places. Done!
… as though there had been nothing. No one.
NOT DONE YET
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Jamie Dedes ~ Jamie is a former freelance feature writer and columnist whose topic specialties were employment, vocational training, and business. She finds the blessing of medical retirement to be more time to indulge in her poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction. She has two novels in progress, one in final edits, and is pulling together a poetry collection. Her primary playground is Musing by Moonlight. She is the founder and editor/administrator of Into the Bardo. Jamie’s mother, Zbaida, was diagnosed with cancer the first time at thirty-six. Zabida went three rounds with breast cancer, one with thyroid cancer, and died at seventy-six of breast and colon cancer.
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22 thoughts on “PERSPECTIVE ON CANCER #5: Done and Not Done Yet”
This leaves me vacant, I don’t have a response, it’s so terrible to think that is the sum of it all. Very sad. You are a great writer.
Diane, I ‘m not sure that’s the sum of it all, but I did feel like that in the moment. Sometimes I wonder why at such a time in life when we should be allowed to enjoy nature, meditation, and our art, we are forced to deal with the awful practicalities … and we do deal with them because we all have family we want to do right by.
This illustrates a good reason to make these plans well before the end of life. At least as much of them as you are able. I agree, Jamie, later days in life should be spent in as much peace, comfort and enjoyment as possible. Powerful–I remember this and that very cool video!
I worked for an attorney for several years who dealt in wills, trusts, estate planning, ect. I had all that done for myself when I worked for him.
Sounds like you really have it together, Gayle, and good advice for the rest of us. Thanks! 🙂 Hugs from CA.
Ironic. Living with nothing, dying with nothing – and having to deal with the dispensing of that nothing as if it were millions.
sad on the first part.
no matter how famous one is, no matter how rich one becomes, when one retired, grows sick, or dies, nothing matters then…
humans are like dusts in the universe of earth and planets, bless you.
I find the first line particularly intriguing, because it reminds me of the struggle we often feel when we are watching something from the outside, and feel a bit powerless to fix it.
And, indeed, there are many things we can’t “fix.” 🙂 Thanks for you visit, Aleza.
stay strong, you are blessed.
You too, Morning. Happy days …
Thank you for your gift. ♥
Thank you for visiting, Kay! ♥
So well done and so strong. It reminds me of struggles in life that we go through and sometimes they work out and sometime we learn from them. Happy picnic and thanks for sharing
I like to think we always learn and that in the end – and there always will be an end – all is well.
Thanks for your visit here, Sarah. I hope everyone will come back and read other contributions in this series from poets and writers of many different backgrounds and places.
There were many good images in this, Jamie. And I am glad your friend had you there with him at the end. So many die alone. Maybe the lesson of this piece is one he would have approved – detachment from all the “stuff” and things of this world, so that there is less that those left behind will have to deal with. I’m sure he is in a good place now and surely you will meet him again! 🙂
Corina, thanks for your kind comment. I’m sure of that too.
Awesome write, Jamie! Well said regarding the banality of a life ended. All paper and red tape, as if we are nothing but numbers on a list. Great writing and thinking!
Brilliantly done, Jamie…and that video! Thank you for sharing it! I am overwhelmed with gratitude for Dave. May I ride on the back of his motorbike to the very end 🙂
friends are treasures at troubled times.
thanks for sharing.
Touching and strong words…God bless !