Listen to the elders

| April 27, 2016
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Dr. Gerald Deas

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D.

Oliver Manning, my patient, was short in stature but had a giant heart and mind. I took care of this wonderful man and his wife for many years. Before age took over his memory, he wrote many instructive poems that I often heard him recite. As you read his poetry I ask you to “listen to the elders.”

 

FEELING IMPORTANT

Sometimes when you are feeling

important,

Sometimes when your ego’s in

bloom,

Sometimes when you take it for

granted,

That you are the best qualified in

the room.

Sometimes when you feel that

your going will leave an

unfillable hole,

Just follow this simple

instruction,

and see how it humbles the soul.

 

Take a bucket, fill it with water,

Put you hand in it, up to the

wrist,

Pull it out and the hole that

remaineth,

will give you an idea of how

much you’ll be missed.

 

You may splash all you please as

you enter,

You may stir up the water

galore,

But stop, and you will see in a

moment,

That it looks the same as

Before.

The morale in this quaint example is to do the best that you can, think well of yourself, but remember, there is no indispensable man or woman! I hope you get the message, for I surely did.

 

WHEN TROUBLE COMES AND THINGS GO WRONG

Let us go quietly to God

when trouble comes to us.

Let us never stop to whimper

or complain and fret and fuss

 

Let us hide “our thorns” in

“roses”

and our sighs in “golden song”

And your “crosses” in a “crown

of smiles”

whenever things go wrong.

 

For no one can really help us

as our troubles we bemoan.

For comfort, help and inner

peace

must come from God alone

 

So do not tell your neighbor,

your companion or your friend

In the hope that they can help

you

bring your troubles to an end

 

For they too, have their

problems,

they are burdened just like

you,

So take your cross to Jesus

and He will see you through

 

And waste no time in crying

on the shoulders of a friend

But go directly to the Lord

for on Him you can depend

 

For there’s absolutely nothing

that His mighty hand can’t do

And He never is too busy

to help and comfort you.

As you know, God is the great physician, I hope that this wisdom will enrich your life as it has mine!

 

ALL MIXED UP

Just a line to say I’m living

That I’m not among the dead

Tho’ I’m getting more forgetful

And more mixed up in my

head.

 

For sometimes I can’t

remember

When I stand at the foot of the

stairs,

If I must go up for something

or I’ve just come down from

there.

 

And before the “fridge” so

Often

My mind is filled with doubt,

Have I just put food away or

Have I come to take it out?

 

And there are times when it is

dark out

With my nightcap on my head

I don’t know if I’m retiring

or just getting out of bed.

 

So, if it’s my turn to write you

There is no need for getting

sore.

I may think that I have

written

And I don’t want to be a bore.

 

So, remember, I do love you

And I wish that you were

here

But now it’s nearly mail time

so,

I must say “Good-bye dear,”

 

There I stood beside the mail

box

With a face so very red-

Instead of mailing your letter

I have opened it instead!

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Gerald W. Deas, MD, MPH, MA is a physician, poet, patient advocate, playwright, media personality, political activist and public health crusader. Read his full bio at http://www.downstate.edu/giving/funds/deas.html/.

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