Putting Off Seeing the Physician

Daily Prompt: Take Care


When you’re unwell, do you allow others to take care of you, or do you prefer to soldier on alone? What does it take for you to ask for help?


English: Herbal Medicine Man

English: Herbal Medicine Man (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The doctor asked why do you wait
until you’re almost well before you come my way
It’s a family habit I said to him
Grandpa was an old time medicine man
My mom was much like him with remedies galore
she knew a cure for everything from old time country lore
In a time long past when doctors were scarce
folks would call on Grandpa for help with their care
Never anything invasive, just natural cures and herbs
Such knowledge was passed down to him, thus he learned
My problem is I only know enough to help endure my pain
To get well I always have to go and see my doctor yet again


-Donald R. Sansbury, 2013



Weekend Fun At Nana’s

Daily Prompt: Ripped Into the Headline

Write about something that happened over the weekend as thought it’s the top story on your local paper.

Photographers, artists, poets show us something from your WEEKEND.

Cousins Reunited

“Pretty maids all in a row”
is the phrase that came to mind
as I watched the face of Nana glow
while watching our granddaughters smile

Cousins together from different states
reunited after so long a time
Hugs at Nana’s house, since they were babes
makes their joy here one of a kind

Fun at Nana's 2013arsThey laughed and played and reminisced
about fun things from years in the past
They talked about the things they now miss
and their closeness that seems to last

All too soon they had to part
and go to separate homes
They’re still a joy to grandparents’ hearts
although they now are almost grown

-Donald R. Sansbury, 2013

Everyday Ordinary (poem: senryu)

Daily Prompt: The Normal

Everyday (Dave Matthews Band song)

Everyday (Dave Matthews Band song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Is being “normal” — whatever that means to you — a good thing, or a bad thing? Neither?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us EVERYDAY.

Everyday living:

Doing all life’s normal things


-Donald R. Sansbury, 2013

Private: Keep Out

Daily Prompt: Do Not Disturb

Photographers, artists, poets: show us PRIVATE.

Overdrawn at the Memory Bank

Overdrawn at the Memory Bank (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My business is my business
Your business is yours
No one likes nosiness
Especially by those in power

Private used to mean private
Now it only means personal
‘Privacy’ is now stored in bits
Byte by byte in server files

Don’t be paranoid or full of fear
You have one sure place of privacy left
That memory bank between your ears
You can keep some things to yourself

-Donald R. Sansbury, 2013

Let’s Celebrate #15

Daily Prompt: RSVP

Photographers, artists, poets: show us CELEBRATION.

Headed for the beach!

Headed for the beach!

My Lady, I plan to take you away
Will you please confirm to me
I remember our first day
My new bride, happy and so sweet.

For fifteen years we’ve gone through much
Mostly ‘ups’ with just a few ‘downs’
I’m ready for some ‘living it up’
As some would say, “Doing the town!”

On a Blanket with My Baby

“on a blanket with my baby…”

Let’s go back to the seashore
Sea gulls celebrated with us that day
More than we had ever seen before
They made us laugh in a silly sort of way

Once again, just you and me
Children and grandchildren some other time
I’ve planned something special, wait ’til you see
So glad I’m yours, so glad you are mine

-Donald R. Sansbury, 2013

Life (poetically divined)

Daily Prompt: Four Stars

Photographers, artists, poets: show us LIFE.

Genus–differentia definition

Genus–differentia definition (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Life, so many definitions:
Such as the span of time from birth to death,
or a criminal’s time spent in prison

Life, biologically,
the presence of activity on the cellular level
Is ‘still life’ a misnomer or just verbal oddity

Life, spiritually,
refers to energies and experiences
understood by most metaphysically

Life, mentally,
holds all hopes, dreams and memories,
the realm of character, and personal entity

Life however defined,
regardless the varied beliefs in origin
is always and forever simply divine

-Donald R. Sansbury, 2013

-As a Christian I believe that all life is of God, manifested in and through Jesus Christ:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men.   St. John 1:1-4 KJV, Holy Bible

~If we disagree, may we respectfully disagree.

Never, Nefre, Not Ever

Daily Prompt: Never

Tell us about a thing you’ll never write about.

Many times in life I have been told: “Never say never.” I suppose that is sound advice seeing that most of us are not clairvoyants and therefore cannot foretell what circumstances in which we may find ourselves.

Eat crow!

Eat crow! (Photo credit: rutlo)

Knowing not the future, maybe the best affirmation to make about negative things is to say something like: “I intend to never…” or “I plan to never write about X, Y, or Z.” I realize that may sound like moral ambivalence to some, but that would most likely be ones who have never had to ‘eat crow.’

Seeing that this writer truly knows the unappealing taste of ‘crow’ as it applies in meaning to ‘eating one’s own words’, I will limit my list drastically: I intend to never write anything derogatory of my first wife. I have more than one reason for making such a declaration, but the foremost is that I would never want the children and grandchildren that we both love and admire to be wounded by defamatory things said or put into print.

Another reason for not ever writing negatively about certain things from the past is personal healing. Any kind of healing is exacerbated if the wound healing is reopened. New relationships are another reason for not going back to pain and trauma from days gone by. I have a wonderful relationship fifteen years strong with a beautiful lady. To write and become mired even mentally in things before our relationship could only serve to detract from the joy I experience now.

Speaking of joy, I prefer to write and express myself in more jocular tones than those in this piece. Also, many times I assume a character pseudonym to be able to write personal experiences in the third person in order to approach my topic more objectively and lightheartedly when possible. However, this Daily Prompt is what it is and never is a negative term in meaning. And, I intend to NEVER write about these things again!

-Donald R. Sansbury, 2013