Don Aslett

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