Not best friends, but friends indeed
Your kindness radiated from your smile
Never was your company shadowed in scorn
The kindness of your heart touched me
Others have made the same claim
This is a legacy you leave
to me and your children of many
I wish the last time I saw you
That I would have known
It was the last time I would see you.
I would have told you all of this.
Good bye and rest in peace.
What am I made of?
Of hard work and persistence
Of tears and laughter spent with friends and family
City apartments and suburban houses
And swimming in pools and lakes, running on trails
Little kids and big kids
Sweat, headaches, yelling and lots of smiles
Listening and understanding
Pizza with pepperoni, pasta with a lot of cheese
Cannoli cakes for weddings and birthdays and for no reason at all
I am made of kindergarten through 8th grade math, history, and reading, drama and basketball.
An ear to listen, advice to give.
Overcoming illness that will not destroy me!
I am jokes and trust from home to Portage Park.
Vanish and fade away
My enemy seduced anger
I won’t tolerate it as an anchor
I won’t concede it to its delay
My strength transformed into its strangler
I’ll shove it through a doorway
The foe better make way
My championship day is my new holiday.
It came into my life; abrupt it was
No, I didn’t invite it; it must leave
It thinks it will interrupt; I’ll fight its flaws
My strength, my resolve, I believe
It will be cut off at its claws
My design will be changed
My look, my health; oh abrupt it will be
It won’t take long but I’ll have VICTORY.
Cancer pounded at my door and disrupted my summer plans.
I put my life on hold to crush it.
It won’t be allowed to disrupt my happiness, strength, laughter, appreciation.
I will foil its plans so it stays out of my life forever.