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We never think of how we breathe
Unless we’re stuck with asthma;
And who wastes thoughts on blood, unless
We’re weak and needing plasma?

We use our eyes to focus
‘Til we suddenly can’t see;
And run for tennis balls until
There’s pain inside the knee.

If things are fine, our bodies
Let us run on automatic,
But unexpected changes may make
Life a bit traumatic.

And so we switch to manual
And contemplate each move,
Until we get the hang of things
And settle in a groove.

For when our gears begin to go
We must accept the fact
That no one gets through life with all
Their body parts intact.

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  1. Date: 5/30/2013 3:37:00 PM
    Let's hope you always have the skill. And it never goes if you are ill. I'm quite adicted to your quill. Like laughter, it's better than any pill.

  1. Date: 5/29/2013 1:39:00 AM
    so true so true, things they don't tell you in school!!! then you can't believe the weird things going wrong with you later in life. I really like this one.

  1. Date: 5/28/2013 11:50:00 PM
    Wow, so much wisdom here! It's all to easy to get cozy in our daily routines... until the unexpected happens and ruins our expectations! A much more elegant way of saying, "No pain, no gain!". Excellent!

  1. Date: 5/28/2013 6:59:00 PM TRUE..superb write!!!! I'm a hypochondriac ....unfortunately, I think of these things all the time...:-( Great write!!!!