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Poem Friday – You Just Don’t Know

 

It was Sunday,  sitting at the hotel, cigar and drink in hand
I said to David how quiet, peaceful, and beautiful this corner of the land
 
First of the month of October, nothing unusual, last day, tomorrow we leave
I could not have imagined the hours ahead, I could never have perceived
 
Played the poker machines had a good win, ‘til 11:30 or there about
Went back to the room and straight to bed as there was an early checkout
 
Little did I realize what was happening not far away
So unaware, asleep then, to wake up to the news, to my dismay
 
A crazy shooter, many injured, so many lives lost
Never to return home, so much pain for loved ones, dreams gone, what a cost.
 
It is a good thing that we don’t know what is ahead, nothing planned
They would not be there, singing, laughing, listening to music of the band
 
58 more Angels in heaven as  life left their bodies as they fell
One, you can be sure, that shooter, he is in Hell
 
We must learn from this… like butterflies spread your wings,  just go with the flow
Anything can happen in a moment to end your life, your dreams,  you just don’t know 
Lesley Voth
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The Sky Was Filled with Angel Wings

This morning while riding my bike enjoying what the morning brings
I was amazed as the sky was filled with what I call angel wings

The clouds were painting the sky today, they had something to tell me something to say
Because it was about the time, on the other side of the world a friend passed away

Goodbye to a long time friend
Larry he fought ALS right to the end

It has left an empty space, a sad heart, hard to comprehend
Life at a distance so, Not enough time did we spend

Your spirit was strong and amazing
Your younger life full, fearless and blazing

But your last years were with illness and pain
So rest in peace Larry, never to feel that again

Each day the sky paints us a picture of many things
Today it was for Larry, it was full of Angel wings

Goodbye Larry

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Survive crisis No 4

The pilot announces that your plane must make an emergency  landing
(My worst fear)

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You always assume that if a plane goes down everyone dies. Not always the case. A good example is the landing of flight 1549 piloted by Captain Chesley Sullenberger in the Hudson river in 2009. All crew and passengers escaped alive.

 

Here are some things to think about before you book your ticket for a flight.

a. In 2007 Popular mechanic’s published an analysis of 36 years worth of airline seating charts and 20 accidents back to 1971. Passengers sitting behind the wings had a 69 percent survival rate in an accident. Those sitting over or in front of the wings have a 56 percent survival while in first class only 49%.
(I have always observed that in most plane accidents the tail is sticking up off the ground and mostly in reasonable condition so I assumed you had a better chance of survival if you were in the back). So the plane maybe a little bumpy back there but if you are traveling coach it may be a good idea to book a seat at the back. First Class well you would assume you would go head first into the ground. Die in style.

b. Not everyone including myself always listens to the emergency instructions at the beginning of the flight. Air New Zealand have a great video for this and use humor to attract your attention to the emergency instructions.
Anyway identify your nearest emergency exit before you take off. Count the number of rows ahead and behind to the nearest Exit. The reason for this is that it may be dark or smoky and unable to see and have to feel your way out of the plane.

c. Dress in practical easy to move clothing and shoes. Wear long pants, long sleeves and athletic shoes for best mobility. If you have to run from a burning plane across a muddy field you will find heels, clogs or flip-flops totally impractical.

d. If possible stow your carry on under the seat in front of you.
Your carry on in this position will protect your legs.
Rest your forehead on the seat in front of you and let your arms hang loose. This way your head will have minimum movement on impact.

e. Listen closely to the instructions from the Flight attendant. Do not question it is no time to argue. Follow those instructions to the letter

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Not The Devils Sting

Not The Devils Sting
Author; Lesley Voth

How thankful am I for those unseen
I call them my angels, beautiful and pristine

They help me be strong, they hold me up
They help me see not an empty but a full cup

Right now I am being held beneath their wings
protecting me from some of what life brings

I know, that they know, my tears will disappear
But right now they see sadness, disappointment and fear

I need my own space so I can be me, and heal
A place on my own, so I am free to breathe, faith to feel

I so want to sing that song from deep inside
Feel joy, love, know life is a long and meaningful, genuine ride

I have made mistakes, in fact many, that is true
You reap what you sow and I guess that is why I am feeling blue

So now I hope what tomorrow will bring
Will be an angels touch not the devils sting

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