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Do not go gently into that good night

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Do not go gently into that good night


Scream and kick against the boundaries
Fling your weight against the foes
Take the day into your hand and memories
Float across the sky on gentle breeze
Pure as a snow angel's powdery wig

Tomorrow calm and dignity
Kept in check across a lifetime
Righteousness claims my honor
Do for the aged against their will
It is needful, necessary and right

***When disease makes self care and medical care against what a person can safely handle....Do we take their rights and give them care outside of their home?
Notably against their will....sad to have the burden of parenting your parents.

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  1. Date: 11/4/2011 5:54:00 PM
    One has to do what one has to do when faced with a bad situation..I would not want to be in the sons of this person and have to do what is necessary but someone has to do it..Mom

    Kendrick Avatar Sara Kendrick
    Date: 11/4/2011 5:55:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Meant to say sons' shoes Mom
  1. Date: 11/1/2011 3:18:00 PM
    Haven't had the problem, Doris, but often it is "needful, necessary and right." I'm 82 and would hate to be put in an old age home, but I think I could realize that my infirmity - if I had one - could be a terrible handicap to my loved ones. Love, daver

  1. Date: 11/1/2011 2:04:00 PM
    A very thought provoking piece, Doris.

  1. Date: 11/1/2011 6:36:00 AM
    Tis the first of November and the day is starting out beautiful. The poetry I am reading this morning is very diverse and should make my whole day enjoyable as I read it. Your hearts are overflowing onto your paper and makes such amazing reading. Thank you for sharing your writing with us Doris. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/31/2011 11:47:00 PM
    It's a very very tricky subject, Doris. thanks for that final note here. Something that could be discussed at a blog!!

  1. Date: 10/31/2011 10:58:00 PM
    People in a "home" can be loved by sensitive staff. Daily living is no longer frustrating and there is freedom to do a a person wants and not be burdened with the drudgery of looking after ones self. Things to be said for both sides of the coin Doris but family should not feel guilt if they visit and see all is in order. I was a nurse in a nursing home and loved all my folks. A hard thing for family to do though.

  1. Date: 10/31/2011 7:36:00 PM
    Profoundly timely, and so sad, and real.

  1. Date: 10/31/2011 6:10:00 PM
    * “I Love A Woman With A Strong Voice Marked In Passion * Found In Love * My Dear Precious & Beautiful Doris * They Say That Within One Single * Can Be Found A Burning Bush * Sooo Let Us Lift A Match Unto Compassion, Empathy & Love * Very Beautiful Reflection of Your Beauty * My Luv, Always * Sarah.” *

  1. Date: 10/31/2011 5:20:00 PM
    Deeply touching poem that touches many of us. I enjoyed your poetry. Love,Vie soup

  1. Date: 10/31/2011 4:04:00 PM
    Dear Doris, this is a beautifully written poem. Caregivers are worth their weight in gold. Ironically I quoted the same Dylan Thomas poem in my last poem. Love the message here. Love, Carolyn