Believing in something bigger
betting there’s no need to worry
while on knees leaning to elbows
please form a prayer chain.
This righteous plan works,
call it divine or something else
we will perform whatever it takes
to shine with supportive love.
No matter how it looks
there are second chances
to second choices.
Some will will it to be our truth.
Today, good luck calls your name,
you are our champion
you are my brother too.
When you see someone
a strong younger brother
now seems mortal,
the world can shift and support.
Today we’ll start our prayer-chain.
For now though gently hold his cape,
be that insulating layer
when change is hard to imagine,
still, a thousand warm nights
are ahead of you both.
His children, those daughters
carefree and energetic
keep that as your energy guide.
Let these days pass in time-lapse,
erase all doubt
let love surround all thoughts
be that internal energy
where anything can be overcome.
Let them see your hopeful optimism,
even as you’re fighting
on your own path.
I made a promise to friend that I’d post a ton of poetry as she fights this inoperable Stage 4 lung cancer. The cancer has metastasized and gone to the neck and brain. She hinted that having poetry to read helps with time. A while back she was diagnosed with breast cancer (Remission Now) and to pass time with those sleepless nights she wrote these beautiful letters by hand. About once a week I’d receive a bundle of letters, it was amazing.
Having already survived breast cancer a few years back, this newest setback has had fewer and fewer options. We talk almost daily and our standing rules are we laugh, but never cry. Never Cry. It goes both ways, our no cry rule. Listen, we understand a good cry is actually helpful, but it’s now more about honoring our mantra and smiling at stuff rather than hold it inside.
There will be time for crying later, just not today. It actually makes it bearable to talk about scary stuff, very matter of factly, so in that respect, it’s helpful to have our standing no crying rule.
This girl and I are on different time zones(she’s 3 hours behind) as she lives on Hawaii and I’m in California we have our ‘routines’ down so to speak. Last night she calls at an off hour outside her norm and leaves a message crying. Naturally, the radar goes up and I need to call her. This particular time, we cried.
Her younger brother collapsed yesterday and had a seizure. MRI showed a mass on his brain and will be flown to a bigger hospital today for a diagnosis and treatment plan. She’s devastated. Her younger brother was the one helping her to keep motivated and pushing forward. He is married with 4 young children and a guy who puts others first always.
I’m a firm believer in prayer chains. All that read this, can you throw out prayers for this family. For those of you that have never prayed before, just say something kind in your mind for them. Love you.