Life is a Book

I was caught off-center as I read the poetry of Helen Midgley. I’ve spent many hours reading my own journals from the past four decades in hopes of capturing accurately the emotions and events that have actually occurred during Tom’s and my search for the best medical care possible for him. My library shelves have become filled with journals and then I relegate them to the attic once again.

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If your life was a story in a book you could borrow,

Would you skip through today in the search for tomorrow,

Would you open the page where your childhood came first,

Or go straight to the back and read from reverse.

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If life was begun with the wisdom of age,

Would mistakes still be written upon every page,

Would a lifetime of knowledge erase all the wrong,

Would hindsight determine the weak from the strong.

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If love was revisited again and again,

Would you search for a shelter or drown in the rain.

Would the passions ignited be nourished and fed,

Would you follow your heart instead of your head.

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If the innocence of childhood was a gift to the old,

Would you walk in the park and swing from an oak.

Would you banish the shackles of where you had been,

And neverโ€ฆ

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About Sheri de Grom

Retired Fed/JAG, 5 yrs. on Capitol Hill. Former book buyer for B and N. Concerned citizen of military drawdown. Currently involved in mental healthcare reform, health care strategist and actively pursuing legislative change wherein dual retirees are exempt from enrolling in Medicare at their own discretion without losing tertiary healthcare benefits. Monitor and comment on Federal Register proposed legislation involving Mental Health, Veterans Affairs, Health and Human Services, Medicare and rural libraries. Licensed OSHA Inspector to include Super Fund sites. Full time caregive to Vietnam era veteran. Conceptualized, investigated possible alternatives, authored, lobbied for, and successfully implemented Title X, Section 1095 (known as the Third Party Collection Program of Federal Insurance).
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17 Responses to Life is a Book

  1. likeitiz says:

    This is a beautiful room! I can imagine myself going in there and coming out after a year, and not even notice the time! I love the poetry and its questions posed, the challenge to go inside and seek the answers to those questions. Thank you for pointing to them.

  2. Thanks for Shari-ing this! Leaves much to think about.

  3. This is one of my fantasies — a library room! And, my bed in the corner! How is everything this weekend dearest?
    You’re both in my prayers Sheri. Faithfully your friend ~Debbie

    • Hi Debbie – Thanks for stopping in for a brief chat. Isn’t this library room the greatest. The weekend has been busy but hopeful. Tom was able to get out for a few hours yesterday for a drive with friends along a scenic highway. It was wonderful to go somewhere other than the doctor.
      Debbie, you know you are in our prayers as well. Always a friend, Sheri

  4. Wow, I love her work, Sheri, thanks for sharing!
    Hope you are doing well!
    Love, Christy

  5. Thank you for sharing, Sheri. I always do enjoy Helen’s writing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Sheri, if my live was a story in a book I could borrow, I’d not allow myself to cheat, rob myself of one single moment. For if we skip parts of yesterday, we can never arrive at this moment of today and all we have of reality is this one single moment in time ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for a wonderful post.

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