Alexander Graham Bell
A man who had a story to tell
One day while all alone
Said I think I’ll invent the telephone
He hung this gadget on either wall
Realised then he could make that call
Clapped his hands and said that’s that
Called 1550 – 2428 and invented chat.
Said Thomas Edison sitting in the dark
Let’s try this invention for a lark
He plugged it in and thought if I’ve got this right
When I flick this switch I should get light
When he did he heard this remark
That Tomas Edison now there’s a bright spark
Today was not a good news day
We received a phone call – heard the caller say
MALIGNENT – 2 – 5 years
Silence – then tears
How to respond to news of this kind
What must be going on in the patients mind?
No words can express the numbness you feel
While the patient thinks out loud – can this be for real
After the operation, you hope against hope
At the same time wondering if its bad news – how will we all cope?
It’s easy for others to say – positive thought
With this numbing news should we not all feel distraught?
Out there somewhere there must be an answer –
To this scourge of a disease that’s known to all as cancer.
As we are all born with an invisible expiry date stamped on our forehead?
How can any human being no matter how well educated, say in X number of years you will be dead?
Was our destiny ever designed to be in the hands of another human being?
But in the hands of a Higher Being who is out there but will remain unseen.
See them scut across the sky
They have no wings but still they fly
They look like little balls of fluff
They call them clouds
That fluffy stuff.
Lying off on a park bench reading my Times and minding my own business I dozed off, on waking from my slumber to my amazement I was 60 euro the richer but still felt lighter, someone had placed a cap at my side, whether they started the trend of placing a note or coins I will never know but I thank them just the same even though I did not doze off to become the richer for it.
The graciousness of some can never be fully explained also the attitude/actions of others can also not be explained fully, those that give without giving it a thought must be thanked while the actions of those who pilfer must be condoned.
Allow me to explain, while I dozed my wallet was removed from my person hence the feeling lighter while the donations made me the richer, you see all my wallet contained was a crisp 20 euro note, so the pilferer did me and themselves a favour.
I gathered my thoughts and myself together and rose from my prone position stiff but feeling the better for my slumber, I pocketed my donations and made my way homewards – a short distance away from where I lay, I recovered my wallet full of emptiness but otherwise intact, had a light bulb moment but quickly switched it out – what was I thinking? Only that earning like this could become a habit hard to break.
11th May 2013.
(Flash Fiction – Temptation)