Running With Stars – From The Archives For My Birthday

Today is my 77th birthday.  I never thought I would live this long, being a Type 1 diabetic virtually all of my life.  I  survived a burst appendix in 1965, a heart attack in 1995, a stroke in 2004 and a period of blindness in 2010.   Every morning when I get up I try to leave this world a better place than it is now.

I am nothing
I do not exist
I am invisible
with no Facebook page
no Twitter follows
Does anyone know I’m here?


in the vastness
that is space and time
how many thinking beings
have lived and died forgotten?

Contemplate the living billions
few of whom have made a mark;
I count myself as one of them
a clump of earth then soon forgot.

Back when Caesar walked the earth
I’m sure the millions thought the same
never having done great things
so unlike the brave Achilles.

Some of us have dreams no longer,
some incapable of dreams;
As for me I still do dream
while contemplating poetry

to strive to write what others read;
to know myself;
of the City of Ideas
a full citizen be

for in the end
I am a soul
carrying a corpse
someday running with the stars

and if no one remembers these poems
save my children and their children
well then, is that not too
a glorious thing?


You may read 132 poems I written and put into a book for my grandson starting here:


About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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17 Responses to Running With Stars – From The Archives For My Birthday

  1. zdunno03 says:

    Enjoy not just the day but all the days to follow. Happy Birthday.

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  2. jfwknifton says:

    Happy Birthday, Frank, and Many Happy Returns!!

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  3. beetleypete says:

    It is indeed a ‘glorious thing’, Frank. 🙂
    Happy Birthday, and many more to come.
    Best wishes as always, Pete.

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  4. GP Cox says:

    Happy Birthday and I love the poem.

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  5. 77 years young. Happy Birthday!

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  6. Have a great birthday and a wonderful year, Frank! A spectacular thing about being a writer is that your works do give you the opportunity to live on, years after you’re gone. I love your poem, and who better to help celebrate than Warren Zevon?

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    • toritto says:

      Glad you liked Becky. I must give credit to Laura Bruno Lilly for recommending the song. She read the poem years ago, told me emphatically I had the wrong song with it and led me to Zevon. She was right, Its perfect. Regards from Florida.

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  7. Happy birthday Frank! Hope you are having a very special day! Superb poem! 🎂🥂🎁👏

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  8. Norman Pilon says:

    Happy birthday, Frank. Great read! We are all on the same journey. Enjoy your day!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. toritto says:

    Thanks Norm! Best from Florida.


  10. Happy birthday, Frank 🙂 Have a great day with your loved ones ❤

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  11. I hope your birthday is special and lovely!

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  12. Happy birthday and best wishes for many more!

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  13. Happy Birthday! Sorry, i am a little bit late, but best wishes are counting always. 😉 Michael

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  14. srbottch says:

    Interesting thoughts. But we must be important in our own minds, at least. Happy Birthday!

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