a tale of tails, tenacity, and tedium, as told by me, usually barefoot and bellowing

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Live Hard

Live hard
Die free
Don't want doctors probing me
Empty promises they make
There's a reason their staff
Is wrapped with snakes.

When my time comes
And it will
Don't want to leave lots of bills
Or messes made by medical fuss
I just want to go
I'm an ornery cuss

With my departure
I hope my friends see
All the wonder
They've given me
If I leave but one thought
I haven't lived for naught

I like to think
I'll depart with grace
To another realm
Will God say, "Welcome, Gail?
I can't tell but I'd wager
The Devil's on my trail

Tuesday Platform with Imaginary Garden With Real Toads

32 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

made me laugh and agree, too. :)

colleen said...

Spoken plain and simple. The devil at the end really got me.

Vandana Sharma said...

At such times, god is our best friend.

T. Powell Coltrin said...

This one is a song, as I sing the lyrics in my head. Your grandson needs to write the music.

:)

Karen S. said...

Oh that darn devil, he's always stirring up trouble! I say run fast! Run like the wind Gail!

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Great read. I like your unadorned but completely perfect language. Too many "poets" would want to gussy it up and make it all "serious," but trust me, this works. Mosk (my site is called I Hate Poetry because I hate pretentious poetry, which yours ain't.)

rallentanda said...

You have enjoyed your life and friendships...sounds like a good innings:)

Magaly Guerrero said...

"If I leave but one thought
I haven't lived for naught"

Yes! the best legacy we can live behind is a bright, loud, wonderful thought in the minds of the world that says, She lived!


Timoteo said...

I am so with you on this. And that devil...well, run a little faster!

Sandra said...

i was laughing with the first 2 lines. a movie i love and have seen half dozen times is my man Bruce in Live Free/Die Hard
by the time i got to the reason there are snakes on the staff I was ROFLMAO.. i love this one, really I DO

Sherry Blue Sky said...

This is real. Smiled all the way through. This weekend I am traveling to see my uncle, who is dying and very ready to be gone. He is eighty and has lived a good life, hates hospitals so he is very ready for being lifted off.

Sketching with Dogs said...

I don't want them probing me either. When I go I want to be among nature breathing fresh air.
Wonderful poem!
Lynne x

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Your poem reminded me that life is too short.. to go and live! Forget about all the petty issues and most importantly to connect with the people we love..!
Good one! :)
xoxo

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

I like this one-and need to get this in writing for my kiddos- no hanging on for me...I'd like to be assured of that before the day every happens.

DesertHen said...

Well done! Very personal, but with a touch of humor too! Hope all is well?

Delores said...

Sounds perfect to me.

Arkansas Patti said...

I agree with T. Powell--this needs to be set to music.

thewovenspoke said...

Fantastic Gail! I loved it, so true. I had enough poking this weekend when I need stiches!

I think that would be good as a rap song or something. Not that I listen to it.

gld said...

Amen and amen!

Linda Kay said...

Gail, very fun reflection on what we will leave behind.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You will be very welcomed at Heaven's gate.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

I liked the hard-boiled persona. and I love the jaundiced new take on the snakes of the Caduceus. :)

Gillena Cox said...

He trailing us all. Gotta outsmart him though

Much love...

Country Gal said...

Oh sounds like a Metallica song . I bet your grand son could make notes with these lyrics . Well done . Thanks for sharing , have a good day !

Lynne said...

Got your niche girl . . .

Susie Clevenger said...

Yes, live hard die free. I love your declaration of living!

Björn Rudberg said...

When I leave it should be liking going to sleep.. good to know I live in a country where I will not leave a medical bill at least.

blueoran said...

I hear this song whenever I wonder if I ever get a Big C diagnosis. Not going to live 2 months longer if my family's finances are bankrupted with fantastical meds.

Saucy Kodz said...

Yep, live hard die free, - at that point, like my Uncle, just sat down to family meal, then to fav chair to read newspaper and "FELL ASLEEP", never to awaken on this earth again. I also agree with Country Girl. H to M :)

Jinksy said...

I enjoyed that sting in the tale/tail ! LOL

Sandy said...

I'm sure there's a very special place God has in mind.....a place where there's plenty of rocks, and water to walk through.

Susan Anderson said...

I LOVE this whole thing, but especially this:

There's a reason their staff is wrapped with snakes.

=)

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