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The Sum of Some Things in My Life

The Sum of Some Things in My Life

If I were to sum up my life
The percentages would not add up
I mean the ultimate percentage
Is supposed to be 100%
But nothing is one hundred percent
Except paying up your taxes.

For sure, twenty percent has been
Physical and emotional pain
Back pain mostly
Giving birth – twice
The pain of loss
So many left me too soon,
Prejudice, hate, war all around
They get to us all some way or another.

Ten percent has been laughter
Life played many jokes on me (sometimes I did not laugh)
Mostly my children made me laugh the most
Quiet smiles,
Soft chuckles,
Quick giggles full of dimples

Another ten percent I allot to passion
Moments of utter ecstasy
My passion for teaching,
Poetry, Art, and social justice.
How passionately I hate hatred
And how I hate to say hate
Or that I hate anything

Twenty percent has been worry
I am the quintessential worry wart
Fear of losing my mind to Alzheimer’s
Always worried about my children, their children
And in today’s crazy world
I worry about all children

Fifty percent has been love
Love dominates my life,
To make the right choices most of the time
Love is never forgotten
Whether it’s …
The love of God (Eternal)
A lost love,
A life-long love,
A child’s love,
A parent’s love,
Or simply self-love
Love is essential, like nature
You can find it anywhere
If you look hard
It is in the stillness
It is in the soul
It is what makes
everything else worthwhile.

Love birds

Farewell Mr. Koch

Born a Bronxite

A faithful New Yorker

from Manhattan to Queens

Brooklyn and back

both as an individual citizen

of the city that never

snoozes or naps

and as mayor

pinnacle of power

he often got a bad rap


Ed Koch

an icon became

a household name

the chutzpah

that represented

his city of fame

in the

toughest of times.



He loved his great city

with passion

and taught us all a lesson or two

about standing up for what is right

and not ever letting go of the fight


We will miss his candor,

his prolonged utterances

when making a point

in the name of his fellow

New Yonkers

from the Staten Island to Hunts Point


We all know what he’ll ask

at the big Pearly Gates

and he shared with us what

would be his epitaph

written on

his tombstone

Just as he would like it

he had the last word.


“He was fiercely proud of his Jewish faith. He fiercely defended the City of New York, and he fiercely loved its people. Above all, he loved his country, the United States of America, in whose armed forces he served in World War II.”



May You Rest in Peace Mr. Koch!