I wrote this to a young man who is very ill, and his wife who are very close friends of one of my sons. I have known them also of course for several years. My son is very devastated by the sudden and severe illness of his friend.
In one week he went from feeling ‘unwell’ to being on life support and kidneys failing and dialysis. He is 42 years of age with a wife and a 3 year old child. His life has been spared but there will be according to the doctors several issues he will have to deal with in the future, I expect one is related to his kidneys. As it stands now I’m not sure what all of these conditions.
I’m publishing this poem again realizing that I only write poems as I feel them and that they are certainly of a very simple style of poetry. My son also is wondering the why’s of all of this, as are his friend and many of their friends, who are numerous.
The reasons for some things we may learn later, guess about, or never know but perhaps during the time of ‘wondering’ is when the purpose is being fulfilled.
There may be others also are going through testing and difficulties and my hope is that you all may have a peace in the interim of ‘not knowing’.
Times of illness bring great concern
Sometimes the reason hard to discern
One day our world is changed so fast
All that life so far has amassed
Is not the same we don’t know why
The fears we have cause us to cry
To ask the question we want to know
Please tell us now why is it so
We have our hopes and dreams laid out
But all we want to do is shout
We want it back the way it was
We question just what is the cause
Life was normal as could be
And now there’s so much more to see
To see the blessings that we share
The love, the way we show we care
There’s hills ahead to climb it seems
But together we will, that’s what love means.