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Wednesday, 28 October 2009
THE LAST AUTUMN
“As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well used brings happy death.” - Leonardo da Vinci
A friend in Europe has been battling cancer for several years now and despite her valiant efforts and the best medical care, she is fast losing the last battle. Her cheerfulness, her optimism, her positivity and selfless sacrifice in the face of a certain death make her a very special human being. Her emails even now, have been full of humour, wry observation and a resignation to death that is only seen in people who know how to live, and have lived a full life. I was devastated when I learnt how little she has to live and if she sees Christmas and the New Year through, she will be doing well.
We chatted on the phone several times in the past couple of weeks and her irrepressible energy and her good humour, that were hallmarks of her winsome personality, unfortunately were somewhat reduced. Peaceful forbearance has replaced her indomitable fortitude, but her courage still shines on strong and unquenchable. We love her very much and we are with her every precious day that is left to her. Her family and friends are there nearby to support her and spend these last few weeks with her.
This poem I wrote for you, Jean…
The Last Autumn
Autumn comes to me for the last time With only Winter to look forward to, now; No more the blush of Springs, Nor the Summers’ laughter.
The flowers, singing birds, blue skies, Are now only a souvenir, Preserved in the watercolours Of the painting on my wall.
Love peters out, flesh withers, My graying hair, no longer dyed. And you beside me, remind me Of the golden days gone by.
Winter ahead, rain in my eyes, Snow in my hair, cold in my heart. My fingers bare twigs, clutch at Fleeting memories of healthy youth.
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