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Gordon Jackson

(05/15/47 / Troy, New York)

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  • Beverly Scofield (12/2/2011 10:49:00 PM)

    Gordon, I just read 'Did You Ever Stop to Think.' You've touched my heart. I admit at the beginning, I thought you were using some cliches, but then I realized there was much more going on, and I read on to the end. They weren't cliches - they were the primal surroundings of our being, made more beautiful by our ability to think about them.

    My husband, Tony, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1995, and we embarked on a long and sometimes arduous journey through many treatments and procedures. Through it all, my Tony maintained the attitude you express in your poem-he always stopped to think. We sold everything, bought a very long fifth-wheel trailer and pickup and took off across America. We crossed the Sierra Nevada mountains in winter, saw Christmas decorations in Salt Lake City, climbed Angel's Landing in Zion National Park, backpacked for a week or so down in Grand Canyon and so on. He was such a joy to share life with. Ten years later, we lived in an idyllic canyon in California where he worked every day on the little cottage we rented. A few days before his journey finally ended, he worked outside, wheeling big cans of rocks back to a storage area, whistling as he worked. He always stopped to think. Thank you for reminding me.

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