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Another prompt

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Another prompt

Postby lilyclarissa » Tue May 13, 2008 7:32 am

I sometimes end up listening to John Tesh's radio show called "Intelligence for Your Life." It happens to play on one of the radio stations I listen to. It's full of tips and "factoids" to help you live a better life. It can be addictive. He seems very sincere. He has a thing about germs, though, and there is a regular tiny segment that pops up several times an hour called "Did You Know?" where a perky young female voice recites some dire statistic or two.

So here's my prompt: Did you know?

Did You Know?
(with an affectionate nod to John Tesh)

Did you know
that counting your teeth
every night before bedtime
will help you avoid tooth decay?

Did you know
that shaking hands with a dog
vigorously and sincerely
twice a day extends
your lifespan by seven years?

Did you know
that germs are waiting for you,
yes, you, everywhere???
On doorknobs, headphones,
toothbrushes, stuffed animals,
junk mail, old photographs,
just to name a few sources.

Did you know
that the world is out
to kill you,
discourage you,
drown you in debt,
take away your job,
and humiliate you
on first dates?

Fear not.
Your marriage can be saved
(if it’s worth saving);
petting your cat can
lower your blood pressure
(if you don’t get sick
from changing the litter).

It’s all up to you.
Buy this book now
or DIE.

Elizabeth K. Keggi

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Re: Another prompt

Postby madcapmaggie » Tue May 13, 2008 9:10 am

I love it! I've never listened to the radio show, though -- I listen almost exclusively to NPR, classical music, or occasionally oldies rock, blues, or jazz.

Margaret

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Re: Another prompt

Postby madcapmaggie » Tue May 13, 2008 9:25 am

Here's mine {looks innocently up at ceiling}

Things I don't know

My elbow was covered
in cream cotton knit,
so I pulled the sleeve up.

With my arm bent, all
I saw was the back
of my forearm,

most especially my watch.

When I straightened
my arm, I could see
the vein at the crook,

but when I tried to see
the back, I was
largely unsuccessful,

and try as I might
I couldn't get my head
up my ass.

Margaret

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Re: Another prompt

Postby lilyclarissa » Tue May 13, 2008 11:31 am

Saucy, Margaret, Saucy!

Yeah, I mostly listen to NPR, but sometimes other stations lure me away...

Elizabeth

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Re: Another prompt

Postby Jolanta » Wed May 14, 2008 11:06 pm

Did You Know about Them?

Did you know
They pushed me around
My head slowly falling
And hitting the ground
My soul shattering on impact
Tiny pieces all around
My angel looking above me
With sweat on her brow
Did you know
That they speared me
With their words
They seemed to fear me
Souless eyes down falling
To stare down as they berate me
Tears were always falling
I felt so empty
Did you know
They all left me here
They packed it all up
And walked without a tear
They left me slumped
In the doorway in fear
They left my soul on the floor
With pieces to disappear
Did you know
They let me fall
To the ground
And cared no more
Never to be there
To run to the door
Did you know they let me fall
But with you here now
Did you know
That I don't care about them
Any more.

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Re: Another prompt

Postby madcapmaggie » Thu May 15, 2008 3:22 am

Jolanta,

Powerful poem!

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Re: Another prompt

Postby lilyclarissa » Thu May 15, 2008 7:38 am

Yes, a very powerful poem.

I really like your quote: "Worry is the misuse of the imagination." I googled it and couldn't find its original source, though I found lots of references to it. Do you know, by chance, who wrote it or said it first?

Elizabeth

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Re: Another prompt

Postby seingraham » Thu May 15, 2008 9:51 am

I like this prompt very much, not the least of reasons being that it reminded me of a funny-sad story that prompted the following:

I'm Certified She Said Proudly

She bounced her athletic self on the bed across from mine
Giggling and waving a sheaf of papers clutched in her hand
Her pretty face was flushed beneath her perfect makeup
And her blond hair swirled lush around her shoulders, shining
"Look!" she exclaimed, brandishing the papers my way
"I've been certified - can you believe it?"
She seemed so unreasonably proud of herself,
I wasn't sure how to respond.
Certified, certifiable, - it added up to the same thing
She was being committed to the loony bin
Nothing to be taken lightly
And to my way of thinking,
Not a thing to celebrate.

Did you know, for instance, that if you are committed
Two doctors, supposedly independent of each other
But I think they are often in concert personally
(That's probably a bit of paranoia on my part -
it's not paranoia, if it's true, I hear)
Anyhow - did you know that two doctors
have to sign you into the Ha Ha Hilton
And similarly, two physicians (usually the same two)
must also agree to sign you back out?
Did you know that once you're in there,
you can't just saunter out?
In fact, did you know,
if you've got papers, as they say,
You are fashioned with a neon-bright
semi-permanet bracelet
Identifying you as a certified resident
with restricted privileges
Roughly translated, the bracelet
lets the staff know that at all times
You are to be considered,
while unarmed, possibly a danger
If not to others, than probably to yourself,
and if neither of these,
Well - certainly, unpredictable enough
to have landed yourself
A thirty day minimum stay and
look-see (officially referred to as evaluation)
A thorough head-shrinking right here on the
psych ward, nuthouse, loony bin
- choose your favorite euphemism
Call it what you will, it's incarceration,
any way you look at it.

"Did you know?" I can still hear her calling
to me as I make my way, toting my suitcase,
to the elevators.
"Did you know?"
Her voice was fainter by the time I got
to the elevators - the first day of certification, you're confined
to your room - but I can still hear her.
"Did you know, you can visit me?"
The elevator doors slide shut noiselessly behind
me and I push the button for Main Floor.
Yes, I did know that.

S.E.Ingraham (Sharon)

"Much unhappiness has come into the world because of things left unsaid"
Dostoesvsky

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Re: Another prompt

Postby Jolanta » Fri May 16, 2008 12:05 am

To be honest, I actually saw the quote on a church billboard on my way to work one day! It just stuck with me ever since and I use it as my philosophy as I always worry too much :)

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