Care Partnering, Poetry

blessings and curses

My Alzheimer’s story is full of sorrow, joy, love, healing, despair, grief and more. Each day is a roller coaster of blessings and curses – all to be lived, celebrated, overcome and finally surrendered when everything passes, as everything inevitably does.

This poem is about all of that. You may listen by clicking on the player and/or read below.

blessings and curses

a poem by punkie

great expectations tossed in the ditch
come hell or high water, life is a bitch

it fails to deliver what we expect
blessings and curses are all that we get

kittens and kiddies, ribbons and bows
sadness and pain, heart-wrenching blows

curses and blessings, the double-edged sword:
soar like an eagle, be somebody’s ward

we look to the heavens, fear fires below
pray up above is the place that we’ll go

blessings and curses, the two-sided coin:
unending pleasure, a kick in the groin

Jesus and David, prophets and kings
Mohammad and Buddha, and hymns we all sing

angels and demons in huge tugs of war
fashion the future, guess what’s in store?

curses and blessings, joy followed by woe
it’s important to learn to go with the flow

puppies and newborns or slaps in the face
in the hereafter, we’ll have it all aced

still in the meantime, life must be lived
blessings and curses, to each other we give

now ’tis the season, to decorate trees
open up presents, fall to our knees

curses and blessings up the chimney they dash
like prancer and dancer poof! gone in a flash

a new year will soon gladden our hearts
bring tears to our eyes, let fly cupid’s darts

more curses and blessings lie in the wait
being human, on earth, this is our fate

expect what you get, not what you want
put a spring in your step, walk with a jaunt

your curses one day will turn to delight
with blessings to all, and to all a good night


© 2016 Susan Macaulay

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2 thoughts on “blessings and curses”

  1. such a well-thought out poem — life is a bitch — and a double-edged coin!

    thanks for pulling this together!

    Happy New Year ! Keep going! You are bringing hope and memories together 🙂


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