Riven

joyful forty, forty-one
it was just getting good
i was just getting started
and then cruel life
dealt blow after blow
for year after year
with death and strife
thieving my calm
and ova and sight
healers and patches
blessed the rocky way
but nothing’s the same —
what of me remains?
stitches and fray

—Terri Guillemets

In a hospital

In a hospital
it’s difficult to listen
to sad, scary sounds
      “code blue” on intercoms
      wailing, grieving families
      beep-beep-beep of machines —
But if you listen
more carefully
you can hear
      the sound of hope
      of healing, love, and support
      caring, confident voices
      of nurses and doctors and staff
      the din and melodies of
      our imperfect and indispensable
      healthcare plexus at work

—Terri Guillemets

Get on it

When it comes to eating right and exercising, there is no “I’ll start tomorrow.” Tomorrow is disease.

—Terri Guillemets

P.S.  Thanks to Jillian Michaels for tweeting this quote in 2009. Thanks to Mark Sisson for using it in his Primal Blueprint book. And also to Joe Kita and the staff of Reader’s Digest magazine for including it in their 2012 book Health… The Reader’s Digest Version. —tg, 2015