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Somewhere over the rainbow

I had heard this song by an obscure artist, with a twist as it played verses 
of 'Somewhere over the rainbow, with 'What a wonderful' world entwined. 
It's simply melody strummed on a ukalele mesmerized me as I listened on the radio 
in the car.
I remember saying to my wife, "I want this at my funeral." I was morbidly honest 
that way.
Several years later, I was watching an episode of E.R. in which our favorite 
character, Dr. Green discovers he has brain cancer, and a short time to live. He's 
basically given the advice we all wish to avoid. "You don't have long, retire, enjoy 
the time you have left."
 Dr Green, plans a vacation with his daughter, who's relationship has been strained 
since his divorce. For the next three or four episodes Dr. Green and his daughter 
spend his last days surfing in Hawaii. Mending the relationship slowly, to a degree 
of understanding only a father and daughter could know. He's still Dad, and she's a 
teen working on letting go of her resentments.
In the last episode of the story, he's not doing well. He keeps passing out and his 
strength is waning. He knows it's only a matter of days, possibly hours; but doesn't 
share this with his daughter, the scenary is of a bungalo on the beach, white sands 
surround the openness of the primitive bungalo, palm trees speckle the beach, and 
in the distance lies the royal blue waters of the Pacific Ocean.
A day of surfing is suddenly changed as he suggests that his daughter go ahead of 
him, he'll stay back and watch until his strength returns. So he sits in a hammock, 
and watches out in the water as she strolls off to surf, Background music grows to 
this song I'd so loved, by and artist named Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo?ole and as the 
music is playing softly, the camera pans in on the face of Dr. Green for his death 
scene, and his last breath. The camera pulls back, from the back of his head, above 
the bungalo, above the beach as if we are Dr Green's soul departing this earth.
Yes, I cried like a little school girl as realized that my favorite character had just 
been erased from our show, with no chance to come back for a Cameo... What!? of 
course that's why I cried! OKAY! it was a tear jerker! and the saddest part, was the 
relationship with his daughter was still in repair . Moral of the story i guess-- You 
never know when its your time, so don't hold on to petty resentments, and love 
every minute of life.  

I later learned, Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo?ole; had also died






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  1. Date: 7/29/2011 6:12:00 PM
    "I've learned one thing in life that I'd like to share with the hope that all won't forget. There's propably no sadder emotion ever experienced than the emotion known as Regret." - Great write Michael. Congrats on your placement.

  1. Date: 7/29/2011 3:50:00 PM
    Michael, my second most favourite show... I agree, that music is beautiful and now I like that song. I find it so touching. I agree you should not hold on to petty resentments, but I also think your poem shows that you should live every moment too. Well done, congrats. Lee

  1. Date: 7/28/2011 12:41:00 PM
    Good message! congratulations on your win!

  1. Date: 7/27/2011 9:16:00 PM
    It is my surprise to see this wonderful poem.....I almost wrote one to honor this episode of ER too! This was one of the most moving final scenes I've seen on television, ( I remember it well)....and that music has long been in my collection since then. Everytime I hear this piece by the gifted Israel "IZ"...I almost cry...it is so beautiful! Glad you were touched by this one too. Great choice!!!!!

  1. Date: 7/27/2011 7:49:00 PM
    IZ was an inspired singer I have a cd with him singing Over the Rainbow! Great tribute write to both the show and IZ Congrad's Light & Love

  1. Date: 7/27/2011 6:47:00 PM
    Very touching story.congrats on your big win

  1. Date: 7/27/2011 4:08:00 PM
    Congrats Michael on your super second place win luv.. great show...

  1. Date: 7/27/2011 1:10:00 PM
    Congrats to you!!!!!!!!I remember the video..///Grand///

  1. Date: 7/27/2011 12:54:00 PM
    Michael, congratulations on your 2nd place win in my contest. I know the song you are speaking of and it is beautiful and haunting at the same time. You wrote a wonderful poem; that episode of ER definitely brought me tears...great job!

  1. Date: 7/27/2011 12:48:00 PM
    wow, michael...loads of smiling congrats on your amazing award!! :) huggs!

  1. Date: 7/23/2011 1:20:00 PM
    This is definitely eye opening and very interesting. Thanks for reading my poem

  1. Date: 7/21/2011 3:01:00 PM
    Great poem combined with a story and a great piece of literature all together (: Good work.

  1. Date: 7/20/2011 12:52:00 PM
    Such a tragic ending; but a sober lesson. I love this prose poem. It teaches while it tells a story the reader wants to read on and on.Kudos!