Lignum Draco, a WP mysterious dragon photographer, says post a photo that is unusual in some way for you, whether it be through technique, by subject, or in some other unique way. This theme is wide open to interpretation because only you know what is unusual to you.

 

 

 

 

 

Who Died on the Twenty-second of April?

 

Actor Will Geer, everyone’s Grandpa (Walton), died
of a respiratory ailment and was buried in his beloved grove.

 

Ansel Adams, rugged hiker with a camera, died
of cardiovascular disease in intensive-care.

 

Huey Newton, social activist, was shot
on the street in Oakland.

 

Cesar Chavez died
of arrhythmia precipitated by fasting and was buried
in a casket of unvarnished pine.

 

Pat Tillman, football player and US Army Ranger, was killed
in a canyon in Afghanistan.

 

Erin Moran, the Happy Days actress who lit up TV screens, was found dead
at a trailer park in Indiana.

 

Jean, my mother, died
of complications from Alhzeimers
in her bed at home
while across town, my father, Americus, died
of exhaustion and grief on a hospital gurney.

 

I stood near each of them, listened to them breathe.
I mourned with them and for them
and walked away into the rest of my life.

 

They are survived by me, their only child.
I think of them often and am mindful that,
when it comes to death,
I’m up next.

*** At first, I thought it a rare occurrence that a husband and wife would die within hours of each other.  

Since this unusual event in 2001 happened in my own life, I have learned otherwise.  

Have you heard similar stories?  

Toni 7/22/17

 

 

 

9 thoughts on “WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: UNUSUAL***

  1. I remember when your parents died, Toni. I know that you made their lives richer and happier, as you do for all of us. I think of them every time Jack asks me if it’s all clear on my side before pulling out of a blind drive of some sort. I can’t help saying “go,Med,go!” Which I think your poor Mum said right before the car got totaled. (Hmmmm. Perhaps this memory isn’t an example of richer and happier?)

    On the topic of other couples who died on the same day: the Humbers were well into their 90’s. They were clients of my father and paid him for his decades of legal work by promising to leave him their house which they lived in happily until they weren’t living anymore. They let go the surly bonds of earth pretty much simultaneously.
    Patty

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