April 29 2013: Keep Calm You Chaplings

This verdammte cancer may be growing and demanding food, whence my weight loss on which friends comment. It’s vascularized, deceiving my body into building blood vessels into it. This of course scares the living shit outa me but all I can do is Keep Calm, eat chocs (in bed) to gain weight and work with the doctors. A Freak Out is contra-indicated at this point.

When a bloke is in a grievous state, and is losing weight and is also HIV positive
Or he has good old cancer for which there’s no real answer after all these years except bunny piggy trials with strange drugs that him a buttock rash doth give
You could do worse than they did in the Blitz
And check into Claridge’s, or maybe the Ritz,
And say, I say,
Old Bean, it’s
(Interrupted suddenly by the whine of a German bomb followed by a most unholy BOOM)
Jolly frightening, this war of yours which you’d dearly love to make ours
And Lend Lease be damned,
And tho ’tis at Claridge’s we might have snagg’d a room,
Still there’s not enough whiskey sours
To cover up the fact that we are in quite a pickle,
Something that demands all of our might, main, moxie, and mickle,
And that confronts us as the Black Death and other miseries did afflict our ancestors
With the simple fact of mortality,
And that in the face of it, we build a fire, and sing Abide With Me,
With all of our friends and those of our relations
That haven’t disowned us completely as “black sheep” unworthy of their attenuated attentions.
For indeed, “we are all mortal”
And many English poems end with this thought as shall I, may God keep and protect my soul.

Edward G. Nilges 29 April 2013: copyright (c) Edward G. Nilges: moral rights asserted

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