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Today I Stand
by stan n nassano

Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Rated "G" by the Author.
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I make my annual journey

To that hilltop

house ,of healing

The medical center for life threatening diseases

A graduate of the 2001 class of learning

Institute of Cancer



I bring no offerings gifts or sacrifices

my obligations have been fulfilled

I have paid the price for dancing with the devil

And so death must wait another day



I am fiercely healthy

Bringing hope to the hopeless

By being

Faith to the despaired

A life no longer measured

by the realities

Of numbers



I am a person

As I sit here among the other, patients

Sharing the same air, while they struggle

Gasping in short breaths, oxygen tubes dangling

hair falling , skin yellow

Waiting …..clock ticking…their turn



I will hear the rattle of their brittle bones

As they break these earthly bonds

feeling their hearts beat

Trying to calm their fears

Connected by this shared experience

destiny and fate



I look ahead, for I have endured

The pills and poisons

and surgeons' knives

And false promises

Of all the yesterdays

And still

I stand upright

scarred and broken

Arms outstretched

Sacred and holy


Striving for tomorrow , for

Yesterday has gone past, and

today, is everyday


snassano 08-31-2010

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Reviewed by K. Mulroney 5/21/2011
BRAVO!!! How ya been Stan? I have missed you. I see you have absolutely blossomed in your writing my friend. I almost started to cry. I hope you are well and if you are helping those that now start the same road trip you survived you are a truly doing what God put you here for. I loved this, it touched my heart and eyes. Keep them coming my friend, keep them coming!
Reviewed by The Poetess 1/18/2011
Love hoe real this is and the depth of your care. "today is everyday" that's great!
Reviewed by Chessly Nesci 12/29/2010
Today your story will help many other's that have lost hope...Today is always better than yesterday or tomorrow. Very powerful and heartfelt! Peace be with you always!
Reviewed by Axilea MU 10/29/2010
Poignant piece, Stan. I was especially moved when reading the following lines:
I will hear the rattle of their brittle bones
As they break these earthly bonds
feeling their hearts beat
Trying to calm their fears
Connected by this shared experience
destiny and fate".

Reviewed by richard cederberg 9/4/2010
Congratulations Stan ... it seems that you are using your own past suffering to reach out to others with wisdom and compassion. A moving piece. Peace to you ... richard
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 9/3/2010
Survival of the fittest, nothing has changed in thousands of years..You are a survivor and strong voice to be heard, now be proud that you have your breath to share with others and to some how make a difference in their painful lives...I admire your courage to write such a poignant and outstanding poem!

Peace, love and light,
Reviewed by Paul Judges 9/1/2010
Powerfully written, Stan; best wishes
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 8/31/2010
Oh my..very powerful indeed...I certainly hope you are feeling better..stay safe and well dear friend..Hugss,much love to you
Reviewed by D Johnson 8/31/2010
Super strong message, well done Stan! Glad to that you are on the mend.

Reviewed by Walt Hardester 8/31/2010
This is like Gene said, "powerful." I've missed you too Stan.
Good to see you again.

Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 8/31/2010
I can sense the anguish through your words, yet you stand tall and be thankful for every breath of life. God bless and wonderful to read you again...

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 8/31/2010
A powerful statement, Stan, beautifully crafted.
Continue to stand tall, my friend. I've missed you.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 8/31/2010
Deeply personal and meaningful; may your words offer hope to all. Thank you, Stan. Love and peace,


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