47. Saying “No!”
Is the hardest thing I have ever done.
Yes, I was foolish.
“Would you do this, please?”
Someone would ask me and I would say, “Yes!”
Without thinking “what” or “why”.
Where was Jiminy Cricket?
Needless to say, I got into trouble.
My candle was burning down too fast.
Before I was burnt out, I was scared.
The realization that Life could end,
And I was facing Death, saved me from myself.
I am not even tempted,
These days, to poison my mind and body
With chemicals I used to prefer.
With Friends by my side,
The bottom of my barrel was not deep;
It was dark, dank, and smelly.
Life is Good
When one melds two little words (yes and no)
Into a “Maybe.”
48. An Icon
Elizabeth Taylor has breathed her last.
Her image remains.
Her whispering voice
Was heard by all who listened to reason
And by those who tried not to.
Her no-nonsense attitude
Bequeathed to us all a feeling of strength.
Few People will be as remembered.
Working as an actress in movies.
Marrying more than a handful of men.
Humanity was her ultimate lifeline.
Many were jealous of her.
It was easy to feel her radiance
Whenever I was in her presence.
To those who critique
Another’s willingness for compassion:
Prove yourself to be better.
Life is stilled.
An aura continues to grow and stretch
Into the Heavens.