Being Alive Today

I have stage 4 cancer . . .
. . . and I was supposed to be dead a year ago . . .
. . . but today I kissed and hugged my wife good morning
And went through my morning rituals of reflection and insight
And drank rich coffee and ate fried eggs and buttered toast

. . . and I was supposed to be dead a year ago . . .
. . . but today I took a long hot shower luxuriating in the warmth
And copyedited a Wikipedia page on a Paraguayan soccer coach
And wrote an essay for my Coursera memoir writing course

. . . and I was supposed to be dead a year ago . . .
. . . but today I ate a bowl of cream of potato soup and savored every bite
And went to the coffee shop for a latte and some reading time
And bought a 200-count bottle of multivitamins

. . . and I was supposed to be dead a year ago . . .
. . . but today I went to the library to sit and read a bit, and find a new novel
And drive past The Fly just to see how high the River is
And then came home and took a nap

. . . and I was supposed to be dead a year ago . . .
. . . but yesterday was Ash Wednesday, and I got mine
And I think of how comforting it is to know that “to dust I shall return”
And the sun has yet to go down on this day, or me

. . . and I was supposed to be dead a year ago . . .
. . . but I am alive and grateful for this day

9 thoughts on “Being Alive Today

  1. Robert, you are truly an inspiration and my hero!
    It’s just not your time… and we are all good with that. Much love to you and Emma.

  2. What an inspiration for living life … your writings touch my heart… I wake each morning with a prayer of gratitude… today I am grateful that I could read your words of inspiration!

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