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Poem of encouragement?
Posted by: Talia (216.117.99.---)
Date: October 10, 2003 11:34AM

I would like to send a poem to one of our employees who is in the hospital right now with Luekemia....waiting for a bone marrow donor and getting kemo treatment. Things are not looking good for this middle-aged man. Somethig sentimental/comical it doesn't matter, although we work in the dairy industry and I imagine he is not much for poetry, but we are constatntly thinking of new creative ways to cheer him up. Religious is ok. any suggestions?


Re: Poem of encouragement?
Posted by: -Les- (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: October 10, 2003 11:57AM

Here's one of my favorites by Paul Lawrence Dunbar:

KEEP A-PLUGGIN' AWAY.

I 'VE a humble little motto
That is homely, though it 's true,--
Keep a-pluggin' away.
It 's a thing when I 've an object
That I always try to do,--
Keep a-pluggin' away.
When you've rising storms to quell,
When opposing waters swell,
It will never fail to tell,--
Keep a-pluggin' away.

If the hills are high before
And the paths are hard to climb,
Keep a-pluggin' away.

And remember that successes
Come to him who bides his time,--
Keep a-pluggin' away.
From the greatest to the least,
None are from the rule released.
Be thou toiler, poet, priest,
Keep a-pluggin' away.

Delve away beneath the surface,
There is treasure farther down,--
Keep a-pluggin' away.
Let the rain come down in torrents,
Let the threat'ning heavens frown,
Keep a-pluggin' away.
When the clouds have rolled away,
There will come a brighter day
All your labor to repay,--
Keep a-pluggin' away.


There'll be lots of sneers to swallow,
There'll be lots of pain to bear,--
Keep a-pluggin' away.

If you 've got your eye on heaven,
Some bright day you'll wake up there,--
Keep a-pluggin' away.
Perseverance still is king;
Time its sure reward will bring;
Work and wait unwearying,--
Keep a-pluggin' away.

Les


Re: Poem of encouragement?
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.denver-01rh15rt.co.dial-access.att.net)
Date: October 10, 2003 12:49PM


To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause: there's the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,
The pangs of despised love, the law's delay,
The insolence of office and the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscover'd country from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action. - Soft you now!
The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remember'd.
-- Shakespeare


Re: Poem of encouragement?
Posted by: ilza (---.sao.ajato.com.br)
Date: October 10, 2003 08:39PM

Just for Today - The Choice is Mine

1. Just for today I will try to live through this day only, not tackling all of my problems at once. I can do something at this moment that would discourage me if I had to continue it for a lifetime.
2. Just for today I will try to be happy, realizing my happiness does not depend on what others do or say or what happens around me. Happiness is a result of being at peace with myself.
3. Just for today I will try to adjust myself to what is and not force everything to adjust to my own desires. I will accept my family, my friends, my business, my circumstances as they come.
4. Just for today I will take care of my physical health; I will exercise my mind; I will read something spiritual.
5. Just for today I will do somebody a good turn and not get found out. If anyone knows of it, it will not count. I will do at least one thing I don't want to do, and I will perform some small act of love for my neighbor
6. Just for today I will try to go out of my way to be kind to someone I meet. I will be considerate, talk low, and look as good as I can. I will not engage in unnecessary criticism or finding fault, nor try to improve or regulate anybody except myself.
7. Just for today I will have a program. I may not follow it exactly, but I will have it. I will save myself from two pests - hurry and indecision.
8. Just for today I will stop saying, "If I had time." I never will find time for anything. If I want time, I must take it.
9. Just for today I will have a quiet time of meditation wherein I shall think of my Higher Power, of myself, and of my neighbor. I shall relax and seek truth.
10. Just for today I shall be unafraid. Particularly, I shall be unafraid to be happy, to enjoy what is good, what is beautiful, and what is lovely in life.
11. Just for today I will not compare myself with others. I will accept myself and live to the best of my ability.
12. Just for today I choose to believe that I can live this one day.

The choice is mine.


Re: Poem of encouragement?
Posted by: Pam Adams (134.71.192.---)
Date: October 10, 2003 08:45PM

How about just plain funny? Ogden Nash is always good for this, as might be a book of limericks, or some of the narrative poems of Robert Service.

pam


Re: Poem of encouragement?
Posted by: RJAllen (193.114.111.---)
Date: October 11, 2003 04:21AM

Henley's Invictus or JBS Haldane's Cancer's a Funny Thing for stoical views.


Re: Poem of encouragement?
Posted by: Ash (---.ph.ph.cox.net)
Date: October 11, 2003 04:49AM

Stars, I have seen them fall
But when they drop and die
No star is lost at all
From all the star - sown sky.
The toil of all that be
Helps not the primal fault;
It rains into the sea
And still the sea is salt.
- A.E. Housman


Re: Poem of encouragement?
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.denver-02rh15rt.co.dial-access.att.net)
Date: October 11, 2003 11:13AM

I wish I had the voice of Homer
To sing of rectal carcinoma,
Which kills a lot more chaps, in fact,
Than were bumped off when Troy was sacked.
Yet, thanks to modern surgeons' skills,
It can be killed before it kills
Upon a scientific basis
In nineteen out of twenty cases.
I noticed I was passing blood
(Only a few drops, not a flood).
So pausing on my homeward way
From Tallahassee to Bombay
I asked a doctor, now my friend,
To peer into my hinder end,
To prove or disprove the rumour
That I had a malignant tumour.
They pumped in BaSO4
Till I could really stand no more,
And, when sufficient had been pressed in,
They photographed my large intestine.
In order to decide the issue
They next scraped out some bits of tissue.
(Before they did so, some good pal
Had knocked me out with pentothal,
Whose action is extremely quick,
And does not leave me feeling sick.)
The microscope returned the answer
That I had certainly got cancer.
So I was wheeled into the theatre
Where holes were made to make me better.
One set is in my perineum
Where I can feel, but can't yet see 'em.
Another made me like a kipper
Or female prey of Jack the Ripper.
Through this incision, I don't doubt,
The neoplasm was taken out,
Along with colon, and lymph nodes
Where cancer cells might find abodes.
A third much smaller hole is meant
To function as a ventral vent:
So now I am like two-faced Janus
The only* god who sees his anus.
(*In India there are several more
With extra faces, up to four,
But both in Brahma and in Shiva
I own myself an unbeliever.)
I'll swear, without the risk of perjury,
It was a snappy bit of surgery.
My rectum is a serious loss to me,
But I've a very neat colostomy,
And hope, as soon as I am able,
To make it keep a fixed time-table.
So do not wait for aches and pains
To have a surgeon mend your drains;
If he says 'cancer' you're a dunce
Unless you have it out at once,
For if you wait it's sure to swell,
And may have progeny as well.
My final word, before I'm done,
Is 'Cancer can be rather fun.'
Thanks to the nurses and Nye Bevan
The NHS is quite like heaven
Provided one confronts the tumour
With a sufficient sense of humour.
I know that cancer often kills,
But so do cars and sleeping pills;
And it can hurt one till one sweats,
So can bad teeth and unpaid debts.
A spot of laughter, I am sure,
Often accelerates one's cure;
So let us patients do our bit
To help the surgeons make us fit.
- J.B.S. Haldane


Re: Poem of encouragement?
Posted by: Talia (216.117.99.---)
Date: October 13, 2003 02:13PM

Thanks for all the suggestions...I sent him Les' poem on Friday and I think I will send him some of these other you guys mentioned.....I also sent him some "Deep Thougts" by Jack Handy.




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