Where The Popsicles Are-164

May 10th.

Birthdays count years.
They are the markers we use
To measure the time of our lives.

From the first to the last,
They tell the world a person was,
And how long they were.

It’s Joanie’s birthday today.
That day that marks her time
From the first to the last.

No calendar reminds me,
No notes remind me.
I just know.

Birthdays tell the world a person was,
But they don’t tell why a person mattered.
That’s a job for the people they touched.

Tonight, on your birthday,
I will be alone, but not totally.
I will have a Martini and remember, why you mattered.

Our feline friends will get treats,
They won’t know why, or wonder,
But I will tell them, “We’re having a birthday party.”


About Bob Kallberg

Retired reporter. Concentrating now on recounting Joanie's 12 year battle with cancer, a battle she waged with extreme courage, determination and an indomitable spirit, that, for me, serves as an example.
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3 Responses to Where The Popsicles Are-164

  1. janfdj says:

    Dear Bob, I sincerely hope your memories warm and comfort you . . . your wife was lucky to be so well loved.

    All best, Jan


    • Bob Kallberg says:

      Thanks for your kind comments. You know, it is just these kind of days that give rise to words one doesn’t think about the rest of the year. They are also important in helping me remember, something that is important as I wrestle with this project, something that I have let be for a few weeks. Progress will begin anew in a few days.


  2. Bob Kallberg says:

    Reblogged this on The Chocolates of My Mind and commented:

    I couldn’t let this date pass by without saying something, and not being sure what I should say, I just looked at what I had said before, and thought that was good enough. So, here it is again.


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