All week I tossed around other possible topics: tattoos, Camille Paglia, travel on the Orient Express, my next to last cat, # of days left until Christmas, Kronos Quartet, hummingbirds in the back yard. Nothing worked. Perhaps I had writers block. I was committed to one post a week. Perhaps I would have to post one of my poems, “Havana Browns,” as a last resort.
Saturday morning I got up and decided to run before I would post my poem in creative defeat. During the week I listen to classical music on NPR, but if I run on Saturday I listen to a country and western radio station. When I turned on the radio and put my Sony headphones on I heard the end of a song, “I ain’t here for a long time – I’m here for a good time,” from George Strait’s new album, “Good Times.” I smiled and got happy dancing feet as I headed down the sidewalk! George plays boot scootin’ music!
As I ran I thought about how short life really is and how we should make it a good time for ourselves and others while we are here. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I am reminded of family and friends who have battled cancer successfully and unsuccessfully. It was a beautiful day to be alive and well in the sunshine.
Before I got home the radio DJ played the song again so I heard it from the beginning. As I ran toward home… tears flowed down my face. Sometimes I need a good cry when I’m happy. Click here to hear the song. http://www.georgestrait.com/index.asp