Dear Friends and Family, I have been silent here for many days because
several health issues have kept me distracted, or not wanting to
participate in the whining and self-centeredness the pain advocates;
So, tomorrow morning at 5:30 AM, June 20, Mary will drive me to Penrose Hospital
and I will go into pre-op and at 7:30 two of the finest neurosurgeons will
open my lower back and repair the wires and bones that, once repaired,
will allow me to walk hand in hand with Mary, and hopefully to
also stand with you all some day to recite poems and celebrate
new life with a strong back.
I will be in the hospital for four days and if they let me,
I’ll have my computer and may be able to write poems of celebration.
Cheers to all my friends, as I said to the men in my prison writing workshop,
I’ve had a good life and you have helped to make it better.
With lots of loving thoughts to all. Cheers. Jim