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My Favorite Poems


things go wrong as they sometimes will.

When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill.

When funds are low and the debts are high.

And you want to smile, but you have to sigh.

When care is pressing you down a bit.

Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns.

As everyone of us sometimes learns.

And many a failure turns about.

When he might have won had he stuck it out:

Don’t give up though the pace seems slow –

You may succeed with another blow.

Success is failure turned inside out –

The silver tint of the clouds of doubt

And you never can tell how close you are.

It may be near when it seems so far:

So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –

It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

– Author unknown

For Mom & Dad

Don’t Quit Poem was given to me

By my Dad at a low time in my life

don’t remember exactly when it was 

I later learned that he carried it with him

he fought the battle of his life against Hodgkins Disease


endured radiation treatments
and chemotherapy


it all, Mother was steadfast and strong

is hard for me to comprehend how she coped

we kids hardly knew the difference

added over 20 years onto his life  

He was diagnosed in his 30’s
and died at 53


poem has helped me and other members

our family through some rough times

I will be leaning on
it once again

I fight for my life against Aplastic Anemia

Dad was a wonderful man who touched many lives

was kind man who loved life to the fullest

enjoyed every day on this earth and now rests in heaven


night before he died a local church group

Silent Night to him in his hospital room

now every time I hear it


know that he and Mom are watching over us


last words on December 13, 1976

Will Save Me"

Do Not Go Gentle into the Night

Do not go gentle into that good night,

Old age should burn and rave at close of day;

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is

Because their words have no forked lightning they


Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright

Their fragile deeds might have danced in a green bay,


Rage, Rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,

And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,

Do not go gentle into that good night.

grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight


Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on a sad height,

Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.


Do not go gentle into that good night.

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

-Dylan Thomas


My Prayer

Dear Lord,

Grant me the Serenity to Accept the
Things I Can Not Change –
I Have Aplastic Anemia

The Courage to Change the Things I Can –

I Will Raise Awareness and Battle the Disease

The Wisdom to Know the Difference –
More Every Day

My Promise

I promise to love and cherish
my wife, family and friends and to appreciate what life has given me.  Let me show kindness wherever I may
go for I shall not pass this way again.  And I am not ready to go
yet!  I will battle this disease with every ounce of energy I have
left!  I will not let it artificially shorten my life.

Rabbit Man June 12, 2001

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