Heart Failure

1 Feb

“What we have most to fear is failure of the heart.” ~Sonia Johnson

Heart Failure

My father has been diagnosed
With failure of the heart
He hasn’t got a lot of time
Until he does depart

I’ve heard from many different nurses
And doctors who say
Different things, some feel as though
They can keep death at bay

Others aren’t as hopeful, they
Have grim looks on their faces
They say with how weak his heart is
He’s one of the worse cases

They can’t believe how large it’s grown
And how much he could push
Such a weakened heart so long
By staying off his tush

But that’s because my dad is a
Warrior like his son
While others have shown fear and sadness
My dad has shown none

He’s been all smiles and thankful to
The nursing staff that takes
Such good care of him while he is
Laid up with his aches

And while the others cry and mourn
I’ve noticed I have not
Because of grace and strength the way
Of the warrior has brought

When test results are not as good
As you’d hope them to be
You can’t just wish your strength to grow
To a higher degree

As Archilochus said, you will
Fall to your training’s level
This is why the test results
Did not shock and dishevel

While I do not know what’s in store
For my dad and his heart
This hasn’t been a wake up call
For me to finally start

Showing him my respect and
Appreciation for
Everything’s he’s done for me
I never did ignore

And so while I am sad to think
His time is running out
My training is what’s kept me strong
And focused, graceful, stout

Him as well, and hopefully
The readers of this piece
You have the choice to have a strength
That will not ever cease

In the face of tragedy
Adversity and pain
Even heart failure cannot
Make a warrior wain

                       ~for Dad

38 Responses to “Heart Failure”

  1. Deb February 1, 2012 at 11:17 pm #

    I will keep your Dad in my thought and prayers, all the while knowing how happy, and strong the both of you already are.
    What you wrote is beautiful!
    Hugs, xx

    • Miro February 2, 2012 at 7:31 am #

      Thank you Deb for your caring, beautiful words..
      Much love,

  2. Noel Williams February 1, 2012 at 11:23 pm #

    Sorry to hear. My heart goes out to you and your family. I am hoping for the best, while I send prayers for your dad.

    May the good Lord bless and keep him.

    • Miro February 2, 2012 at 7:32 am #

      Thank you Noel, so very much appreciated.
      Much love,

  3. Mike Fisk February 1, 2012 at 11:55 pm #

    It’s never easy when we see a loved one face death. But what a comfort to know our parting is only temporary, until we meet again. I too am praying for you and your family. Great post. Blessings,

    • Miro February 2, 2012 at 7:32 am #

      Beautiful said. Thank you Mike.
      Much love,

  4. Soma Mukherjee February 1, 2012 at 11:57 pm #

    Oh I know what you all are going through..have been there..
    its wonderful that your dad is so strong and yes you are right he is a brave spirit and warrior soul and so are you Miro..May he be carressed with healthy happy breeze and light 🙂

    • Miro February 2, 2012 at 7:34 am #

      Thank you for your beautiful thoughts Soma, it’s uplifting to see the outpouring of caring and love.
      Much love,

  5. poeticjourney February 2, 2012 at 12:03 am #

    Sorry to hear about your dad, your dad and family will be in my prayers. God Bless 🙂

    • Miro February 2, 2012 at 7:35 am #

      Thank you, your caring is greatly appreciated.
      Much love,

  6. ansuyo February 2, 2012 at 12:30 am #

    Circumstances can only conquer you if you bow before them 🙂

    • Miro February 2, 2012 at 7:35 am #

      So very true. Thank you for the inspiring thought.
      Much love,

  7. Carrie February 2, 2012 at 4:00 am #

    What a beautiful tribute to your father; as you are. He must be very proud of you also. My thoughts and prayer go out to you, your father and family.

    • Miro February 2, 2012 at 7:36 am #

      Thank you for those beautiful thoughts Carrie.
      Much love,

  8. creatingreciprocity February 2, 2012 at 5:27 am #

    He certainly used his heart as it was intended to be used. And so do you. Good luck.

    • Miro February 2, 2012 at 7:37 am #

      Indeed he did. 🙂 Thank you for your caring thoughts.
      Much love,

  9. pbus1 February 2, 2012 at 5:35 am #

    May God bless you! Your dad and other family members will be in my prayers!


    • Miro February 2, 2012 at 7:38 am #

      Thank you Paulette, very much appreciated.
      Much love,

  10. thepoeticgoblin February 2, 2012 at 6:29 am #

    Beautifully written. So honest! I feel for you and your father and I hope that it all ends with a happy ending.

    • Miro February 2, 2012 at 7:39 am #

      Thank you for your thoughtful words. With the life my father lived and the grace he’s always showed, I don’t see any other possibility. 🙂
      Much love,

  11. Nandini February 2, 2012 at 9:30 am #

    Beautiful poem, filled with hope and strength. Tough times can come upon us any time and we just have deal with them, gracefully and positively. That’s what I just learned from your poem, Miro.
    Hope & Prayers,
    Nandini. 🙂

    • Miro February 3, 2012 at 1:35 pm #

      Thanks Nandini, glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for your thoughts and well wishes.
      Much love,

  12. rannycalderon February 2, 2012 at 11:07 am #

    Very well written and most specially for your DAD..
    And thanks for calling by and liking my blog.
    take care xxx~

    • Miro February 3, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

      Thank you, glad you enjoyed it. 🙂
      Peace & grace,

  13. granbee February 2, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

    Prayers for you and your dad. So good to know you have let him know all along how much he means to you. We know you will be an ever stronger spiritual warrior through this time of failing health with your dad. So good to know he is warrior-strong, as well.

    • Miro February 3, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

      Thank you Granbee, much appreciated. I see other friends and family members struggling with their grief now because they held back on sharing their true feelings for fear of embarrassment. My father and I have both never been afraid to say “I’m proud of you” or “I love you,” and so it’s the two of us who seem to be handling this situation with the most grace. 🙂
      Peace & grace,

  14. willofheart February 2, 2012 at 9:07 pm #

    Your Dad is in my prayers Miro, I feel the same feeling you feel right now my dad died in cardiac arrest and now my mom is in the hospital for the same reason….

    • Miro February 3, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

      Thanks so much. I’m sending positive energy your way as well. Peace, grace and strength to you, your mother and the rest of your family through this challenge.

  15. Caddo Veil February 2, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

    Hello–I’ve clicked on your site a few times, but this is my first “official” visit. Your post today is so moving–I got teary-eyed, reading the love and strength in every line. I am praying for your dad, that his discomfort will be minimal for however the length of his days. And praying for you–mostly prayers of thanksgiving for your warrior spirit. This will sound so silly but, the times before, I’ve been very impressed by the “warrior” stuff–I felt great admiration, but was a bit intimidated, fearing I wouldn’t “measure up”. Oh well–God and I just keep working on that.

    Praying you and your dad are blessed abundantly today.

    • Miro February 3, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

      So happy that you commented. It’s always the highest compliment to hear when one of my writes have moved someone so much. Thank you for having the courage to share, that’s what being a warrior is all about. I’d say you’re well on your way. 🙂
      Thanks for the well wishes and thoughts, very much appreciated.
      Much love,

  16. dontchawannadream February 3, 2012 at 8:10 am #

    I’m so sorry to read that, Miro. .
    Family means everything to me so I know how hard it is. Your poem is beautiful and you do show how brave and strong your father is and so are you.
    Your Dad and family are in my prayers.

    • Miro February 3, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

      Thanks Cha, I appreciate it greatly.
      Much love,

  17. zendictive February 3, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    I am sitting where you are, my mother just got out of the
    hospital and she has already had three by passes in the
    last ten years. This time they say there is a whole in a
    heart valve and it has been leaking. They say they can’t
    do anything but console Dr.s from california about using a
    pigs heart valve. But chances are it won’t work due to the
    size of heart. So I feel for ya, with you. (~_~)

    I made a post that basically asks, what do you say to
    someone you will never see again. it is in my drafts and I just
    feel it unworthy to post or maybe I am waiting for the right
    moment, Idon’t know but the point is spend all the time you
    can with them while we have them.


    • Miro February 3, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

      I think the simplest things would suffice when saying those last words. “Thank you.” “I love you.” “We’ll meet again.” 🙂
      Thoughts are with you and your mother, my friend. Peace, strength and grace to you and your family.

  18. Sue Dreamwalker February 4, 2012 at 10:19 am #

    I have added my thoughts here Miro to those of others here, to send out healing and energy to your Dad… Warriors come in many guises, and strength comes to the weak.. But it’s the Love and pride of family that in our hearts we keep.. Our journey may be shortened or it may be long..But the most important part, is how we sing our song. ~ Love and Blessings to you and yours Miro.. ~Sue

  19. christyb February 4, 2012 at 10:38 am #

    I am wishing your dad all the best and I am glad you are there to support him. Your warrior ways will give you faith to meet tomorrow and also to make the most of today. Take care xx

  20. Raven of Leyla February 4, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

    Lovely warm poem for your Father. A tribute 🙂
    I lost my Father a few years back,
    now my Mom’s heart is failing…she is a Warrioress!
    Each day is a gift, I appreciate each moment
    I hear her voice say, “I love you.”
    Wishing you hope, love and smiles,

  21. eof737 February 4, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

    Sorry to read about your dad and sending him healing light and love… I hope the doctors can find a way to help him. As a heart failure survivor myself, I know God does work in miraculous ways. Blessings to you and your family.

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