By Angela

Echoes of Sadness

by Angela Cramer

Simple things
We take for granted…
A rich network of friends
And co-workers

People to visit,
Meet for lunch or dinner,
Go camping or vacationing together
To spend time with
Catching up on children, jobs and life.


The simple ability to drive
Provides a person
With so many opportunities…
To stay connected with the world,
To work and make a living,
To enjoy life,
Enjoy one’s friends & community,
Explore new horizons,
Visit adult children
Who’ve moved away
To explore and conquer
Their own dreams.


Take away the job,
Take away independence,
Take away the ability
To connect with people,
To be part of a community.
Take away your meaning,
Your reason for being,
And what is left?


Tears and sobs
Echo often through my home.
What is the source of the echo
You may wonder.
A dear friend and daily companion
For the past 13 years
Dressed in feathers of green
Orange eyes that sparkle
And dilate with excitement.


McGyver01

He loves the sound of my voice
Even when I’m crying.
And I love the sound of his.


People whom you thought
Were such good friends
Drift away
Especially at times
When you MOST need to know
That your presence in the world
Matters to someone.

McGyver has an amazing way
Of helping me not take myself so seriously…
If only for a few minutes.
His imitation of my sobs
Sound so pathetic,
It suddenly becomes funny.
In seconds we are laughing –
Contagiously, hysterically –
At things that moments ago
Felt so horrible.


My friend, McGyver,
Enriches my life.
But for how much longer?
Strip me of my home
And my everyday companions,
Losses that take away
The few choices and enjoyment
Left in my life.

And yet there are some
Who imagine the life of disability
To be a life of leisure and luxury.
How sad they cannot fathom
Until they wake up
To find this “dream life”
Their nightmare as well.

© Angela Cramer, 2008-2009

Photo is the property of Angela Cramer

Echoes of Sadness

by Angela Cramer


Simple things

We take for granted…

A rich network of friends

And co-workers

People to visit,

Meet for lunch or dinner,

Go camping or vacationing together

To spend time with

Catching up on children, jobs and life

The simple ability to drive

Provides a person

With so many opportunities…

To stay connected with the world,

To work and make a living,

To enjoy life,

Enjoy one’s friends & community,

Explore new horizons,

Visit adult children

Who’ve moved away

To explore and conquer

Their own dreams

Take away the job,

Take away independence,

Take away the ability

To connect with people,

To be part of a community.

Take away your meaning,

Your reason for being,

And what is left?

Tears and sobs

Echo often through my home.

What is the source of the echo

You may wonder.

A dear friend and daily companion

For the past 13 years

Dressed in feathers of green

Orange eyes that sparkle

And dilate with excitement.

He loves the sound of my voice

Even when I’m crying.

And I love the sound of his.

People whom you thought

Were such good friends

Drift away

Especially at times

When you MOST need to know

That your presence in the world

Matters to someone.

McGyver has an amazing way

Of helping me not take myself so seriously…

If only for a few minutes.

His imitation of my sobs

Sound so pathetic,

It suddenly becomes funny.

In seconds we are laughing –

Contagiously, hysterically –

At things that moments ago

Felt so horrible.

My friend, McGyver,

Enriches my life.

But for how much longer?

Strip me of my home

And my everyday companions,

Losses that take away

The few choices and enjoyment

Left in my life.

And yet there are some

Who imagine the life of disability

To be a life of leisure and luxury.

How sad they cannot fathom

Until they wake up

To find this “dream life”

Their nightmare as well.

© Angela Cramer, 2008-2009

Last photo is the property of Angela Cramer

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