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In My Bones

It’s been a while since I participated in dVerse and this one called to me to join in.  Linda Lee Lyberg is hosting this one and has asked us to write our prosery using the phrase:  ‘Sometimes the great bones of my life feel so heavy,’ taken from Mary Oliver’s beautiful poem entitled “Spring Azures: A Farwell to Darkness” 144 words.  Sometimes that is just enough.

I keep a cheerful disposition; I am the epitome of positive. Do not think me foolish or idealistic for I am also a realist. I choose to not let on that sometimes the great bones of my life feel so heavy, I know not if I can take another step, smile another smile.

But I do, and do you know why I choose this? Because I feel it deep in my gut that this is a limited time offer and I cannot afford to waste a single moment of it. I know that, miracles aside, the end will come sooner rather than later. That part is out of my hands. What isn’t, is cherishing each moment, be they full of bliss or hurt like hell.

I know that one day I will look back and smile without tears because I chose as I did.


106 thoughts on “In My Bones

  1. Dear Dale,

    This is so honest and uplifting. The less I say, the better. I don’t want to take away from it. “limited time offer.” So well said. Brava!

    Shalom and lotsa appreciative hugs,


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  2. Such a great statement, Dale. It makes me wonder about those folks who can’t seem to see anything positive. When pain is part of every day, one can give into it or fight above it. I share your philosophy. 😊

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  3. You have reiterated my life credo! For years, a small slate hung in my kitchen on which I’d written “Count blessings. Choose happy”. The slate is long gone, but the words are etched in my brain!

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  4. This nearly brought me to tears (they seem to come a lot easier with advancing age and I was always an ‘easy cryer’). Such is my motto too – I fully subscribe to your ‘matter of bones carrying’. I do the same – and thanks for making me smile (under my tears).

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    • Aww shucks. There is nothing with being an easy cryer (I am guilty) – the benefits are it ensure the tear ducts never block.
      So very glad I did make you smile, even with tears.

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  5. Q

    How beautiful and honest this is. It’s the kind of writing that bears it all, the good and the not so pleasant. What it is though, is beautiful. And honest. Those are the best pieces of writing, and when you swim out in the deep, you find them. 🙂


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  6. Well, Dale, everything has been said. What’s left for me to say? I could chuck in a few superlative words that start with brilliant and end in excellent. Or I can more quietly say: Well penned, my friend

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