I was a bum in ’73

after Robert S.

I was a bum in ’73
living off savings
in San Diego

My wife at the time
my first wife
(a 3 year marriage)
attended UCSD
at her parents expense
I can’t remember
what her major was
her parents didn’t like me much
I liked her though

I surfed once in awhile
smoked a lot of weed
and always had a bottle at my side
sometimes a friend too
not a girlfriend

It’s ’15 now
life’s train has dropped
me in dialysis city
that’s where I live
Twin Falls dialysis Idaho

Life’s not bad
I’ve been around
seen a lot
got my Harley
a wife
a nice big fire pit
a place for friends to gather

We talk about the wild days
the biker days
the drugs the rock-n-roll
the fights the accidents
the sauce
the sweet and sour sauce

It’s kind of a wonder
i guess a miracle
that i made it this far
let’s not talk about
my friends who didn’t

this summer i’ll take
my Harley
not my wife
down to Elko
across to Reno
and over Donner Pass

I want to see
some old forest
and old friends

If I time it right
(missing only one treatment)
I probably won’t die


A few of the THOUSANDS of things I’m grateful for:

I’m grateful for my health; for a good bed to sleep in, clean clothes, warm shower water and abundant food. I’m grateful for family and friends. I’m grateful for my car that takes me places in air-conditioned comfort. I’m grateful for the selection of music available to me while driving places. I’m grateful for my little digital camera which provides an element of fun and encourages me to see things around me more energetically. I’m grateful for my upbringing, my education and my ability to read and write. I’m grateful for nearly unlimited access to any book published. I’m grateful for my computer and internet access which connects me with people, ideas and the whole of human knowledge. I’m grateful for people who remind me to be grateful, for the sake of sustaining a greater measure happiness.

I’m VERY fortunate.