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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

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The Hotter the Forge, The Stronger the Sword

18 Oct

The Hotter the Forge, The Stronger the Sword

The sword’s a symbol of great strength
As well as elegance
The blade can withstand great duress
If its metal is dense

Although the final sword is sleek
And smooth with mirror shine
It wasn’t always free of dents
Or a perfect straight line

The steel within its blade was not
Always so strong and stout
The path that the sword must take is
Not the most pleasant route

The raw, weak metal’s placed inside
A forge of blazing heat
And if that wasn’t bad enough
The swordsmith starts to beat

Upon the raw material
With hammer, unrelenting
Battering and pummeling
And shaping, reinventing

Stoking fire even hotter
Making the steel glow
Into the reinforced blade
That we have come to know

Every time its folded and
Is hammered out once more
Makes the blade even stronger
Down to its deepest core

Every centigrade of heat
That the forge does increase
Unlocks dormant potential
And more strength does release

We all are blades within the forge
And life is our swordsmith
Strength without an intense heat
Is no more than a myth

Just like the blade, you can not form
Unless the fire’s stoked
Unless the hammer’s brought down hard
And your true strength’s evoked

                                  Miro