Running With Stars – From The Archives For My Birthday!

Today is my 78th 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.   You all know my adventures in medicine recently.  Every morning when I get up I try to treat the day as a gift..

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?


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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4 Responses to Running With Stars – From The Archives For My Birthday!

  1. Have a happy birthday and a wonderful year, Frank! I love the music, too…so many memories.

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  2. leggypeggy says:

    Happy Birthday. Hang in there.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Jennie says:

    Happy birthday, Frank!

    Liked by 1 person

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