Those bodily setbacks…we get our turn
From a hangnail to a crash and burn
Putting on hold our will to win
Until we get to feeling good again
Not up to it now … maybe later?
We become a “sick bay” procrastinator
Thus emerges the oldest excuse in the book
“When I feel better, I’ll take a look.”
Some discomfort is a part of life
Very few of us will escape the knife.
When those below-par days do attack,
Do we let them lick us, or fight back?
Bad digestion, nerves aflame,
Can’t even pronounce the diagnosis’ name?
Dog-biscuit-size pill to take
That might overcome that old backache?
Waiting for a healing is kind of dumb
Feeling good again may never come.
However unkind our bodies become
There’s much we can do to overcome.
We may limp, but brother we’re moving
And muscles need stretching to be improving.
One can still see with failing eyes,
Can read, write, and think partly paralyzed.
If you must push prescriptions around in a cart
There’s still hope they can repair your heart.
When ending up in long-term care
Can always drag race in your new wheelchair!
Compared to the alternatives, many ills are tiny
So buck up, man, get off your hiney!
More options to illness than there’s time to suffer
When physically down, get mentally tougher.
Before you OD on an arsenal of pills
And waste valuable emotions on medical bills
Transfer the pain from that worn-out hip
And save all the “stiff” for the upper lip.
Don Aslett of McCammon is the founder of The Museum of Clean, 711 S. 2nd Ave., Pocatello, and still enjoys giving tours to all visitors. Check out the museum's website at www.museumofclean.com.