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15 minutes
by Steve Patterson
Saturday, February 12, 2005
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called a friend
to tell her my woe's
as if she didn't know's
can you call me back
in 15 miutes

of cousre i could
and i would
hell that's only 3 cigarettes

you see
this friend
is a friend in deed
when a friend like me
is is in need

see i almost lost my dad
last night
spent from 1 am
till 10 in his bed
he was smeapin' i guess
i was just guessin'
whether he was beartin
or had taken
his last breath

so for 15 miutes
at a time
i felt my heart
i felt his

then he'd get up to pee
and i could see
the old fart
still had a beating heart
and at the start of the day
all he would say
is "i'm hungry"
eggs, biscuits, sausage
and, son. you outage,
dont't forget my oj & coffee
and sumpin's sweet

that's the way
he meets each day
that's what i meet
today
anyway

funny...

as i feal him die
i ask why...

tell me about you
tell me about mom too
tell me about my brothers
tell me about others
'cause others we all be
except dad for you and me

you know about i
and you can guess why
i was the i i was
because
you'd known
what was shown
to you
before
you were me
even then you could see

so 15 minutes
i'm tryin to kill
with a write
here tonight
but 15 minutes
is an eternity
if it's the last
the past

15 minutes.

i remember the last
15 minutes with a love.

i remember the last 15 minutes
with my mom.

each day
i remember the last 15 minutes.

because
the last 15 minutes
just might be all i had
with my dad.

15 minuets
is an eternity

15 minutes
is 15 minutes
60 seconds x 60
times 15

time given
time lost
360 times 15
what was liven
what was the cost?



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Reviewed by Mitzi Jackson
you can make magic in 15 minutes
if you set your sights right,,,,,
glad to hear your dad is doing fine
that breakfast sounds good..........
Reviewed by Ed Matlack
Happy are Rufuz and I that your dad is still breathin'...and we are also happy that you are still out there and writin', Jersey & Howlin'
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie
So powerful, this is real and raw and heartbreaking, You are the only person I know, who truly lives each minute as if it were the last. My prayers are with you,

Reindeer
Reviewed by Dave Harm
Where else would you want to spend your last 15 minutes, except at your fathers side...
Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader)
Well I hope it turns out all right for you Steven really I do. But you do have friends here at the den and I am glad you posted.
Reviewed by June Thompson
I'm sorry to hear about your dad. I havent heard from you in so long. Fifteen minutes IS an eternity. Make every minute count!
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