Wednesday, October 25, 2006

DID THEY KNOW

His name was Mike. . . hers was Susan . . .
neighbors on my street. . .
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DID THEY KNOW

I wonder if they could possibly have known
what was ahead so soon for both of them . . .
there was no indication in the tone
of either of their voices
when I knocked one evening at their door
to ask for a contribution for cancer . . .
I had never been in their home before
but both were very friendly . . . inviting me in . . .
said they'd be quite happy to donate . . .
there was small talk and then ''goodbye's"
but not a hint of impending fate.

He went first
just about a year later. . .
it seemed to us that it was so sudden
but, oh, that disease is a traitor . . .
it sneaks in without warning
to rob, to destroy, and to kill . ..
to take away hope and eat the soul
and mock at the victim's will.

She followed not long after . . .
the same dreadful disease . . .
such a tragic, pathetic ending
blown to them ...on a hard, cold breeze
and when taken by this double tragedy
they left two teen-age girls alone
and, that they'd not live to see them grow up
I wonder . . . I wonder if they could have known!

42 comments:

  1. Margie,

    What a moving poem about a cruel disease that takes so many.

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  2. Wow...very touching Margie. We really don't know how short our time here on earth is.

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  3. Very touching Margie.
    It's a fact of Fiction?

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  4. brian
    Thank you!
    Yes, it is a cruel disease that takes so many!

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  5. ~deb
    Thank you!
    You are right...
    we just don't know how short our time will be!

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  6. Wow! Margie, you've taken a very difficult subject and wrung the very essence of life out of it.

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  7. sunil
    Thank you!
    My poem is based on fact...
    a very sad fact!

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  8. So sad Margie. Both struck by the same disease. We never know do we?..feel sad for the kids they left behind. I do hope god grants them the strength to move on.

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  9. pat
    This was a hard one to write...
    as I knew the people ...
    friendly neighbors...
    friendly neighbors...who are both gone!

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  10. starry
    Yes, so sad!
    No...we never know!
    The girls they left behind are now with their uncle in Denver...
    Last I heard they were doing ok!

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  11. this one is breaking my heart
    but its beautiful

    hugs

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  12. kai
    Thank you dear!
    It broke my heart too!

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  13. oh!!! it's tragic...but it also speaks about How great you are....

    Same to you...!!

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  14. sunil
    Yes, tragic...
    and what kind words...
    Thank you...
    but, I am hardly great..
    I am just someone who loves to write poetry about things that touch my heart!

    Margie :)

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  15. oh, margie... this is so sad and moving... but beautifuly written!

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  16. polona
    Thank you!
    I know it's a sad one!
    I can't help weeping when I read it!

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  17. they new


    when its time to go
    u get a premonition

    u r given the time to pack
    to make amends to those who u hurt

    and to go in Peace

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  18. Margie first of all ty so much for ur e-card! U have no idea how much Im gonna miss ya too sweetie. Now HUGGGGGGGGGGGGGGZ!

    heyyyy is this abt some of ur friends? How sad. Im so sorry! Cancer is a beast. It just mocks at it's victims n snatches em away too soon. I have lost friends to Cancer and I have one very young friend who's currently suffering from Thyroid Cancer. She's given like 10yrs more to live. Such is life!

    I think the couple knew they were not gonna live a long life. Most serious Cancer patients prepare themselves for death. And amazingly their spirits r good and they cope somehow. Humans have a strong will and courage to face anything. Im sure ur friends were prepared and they somehow died knowing their kids will be OK.

    Huggggggggz Margie cheer up sweeite...dun wanna leave u this way.

    Keshi.

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  19. very sad...

    "I wonder . . . I wonder if they could have known!"

    the words wrenched my heart.

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  20. Go Keshi Go
    dont worry Margie wont miss u too much

    Main hoon na

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  21. Margie, Hi.. not a usual subject for you I think, but sadness is one of the emotions and a good one. I have a friend who has cancer and I am not sure how to feel about it. You've given me a feeling in your poetry I can work with. Thank you.

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  22. put a sock in it Saby and lookafter Margz for me ok?

    Keshi.

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  23. My mom died of cancer when she was 46. I still think of her every day -- it is such a horrable thing...

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  24. keshi
    You are right!
    They knew...but cancer sure does take a toll on life!
    Sorry about your friend that has the cancer...so sad!
    Thanxxxx!
    See you soon!
    Huggggggz!

    Margie

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  25. schrodingers cat
    A sad one!
    Thanxxx!

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  26. ilias
    No...not a usual subject for me!
    But...yes...sadness is a big part of our lives...and we have to get thru it!
    Sorry about your friend...it is never easy!
    Glad I was able to give you that feeling!
    You are so welcome!
    Take care!

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  27. andrew
    It is a horrible thing...
    sorry about your mom...
    my dad died of cancer also...
    at a young age.

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  28. So sad Margie...

    It seems like everyone I know will or has been affected by cancer in some way whether it's a family member, friend or personal experience.

    *hugs*

    Robyn

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  29. robyn
    Yes....sad!
    It was hard to write this poem!

    *hugs*

    Margie

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  30. Hi Margie!
    I don't know what to say.
    Big thanks!!

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  31. Im feeling bad for the kids...and the way've uve written it is so nice...i just hope good things for those two little ones..

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  32. Life is so damn harsh and it sucks big time!

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  33. blueberry_rumraisins
    Sometimes it does!
    But....it has wonderful moments also!

    Margie

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  34. oh...sad, bittersweet, haunting...

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