Coping with Illness and Dying
When we’re sick and full of woes
And fighting our despair,
Will we think of better times –
And burdens better bear?
Or will such memories be lost –
Or if remembered, then
Be yet more grief, because we know
We won’t be well again?
Some bear a grievous illness lightly,
Others groan at colds.
A patient’s truly patient, while
Another only scolds.
We see a woman, ailing, tend
Her husband, though she sinks –
And still, her spouse yet more demands –
And of her, rarely thinks...
How easy it might be to judge
Another, yet we know
That there are depths we cannot plumb,
Beneath the storms that blow.
And yet, it’s true – that qualities
We nurture, over years,
Express themselves, for all to see,
When mortal ending nears.
2013 December 29th, Sun., 6:08 pm
2nd floor, McDonald’s Restaurant
86th Street and 20th Avenue