The Bucket List

As I sit down to write this piece, my Favorite Poet’s plane should be landing in Paris. It was wonderful to have him home for the holidays, but I once again have to relinquish him to his chosen life in the City of Lights. Seeing him so happy there makes the separation more bearable, though I already miss him.

 

During this past weekend, we watched two movies together. One was the always excellent Tom Hanks in “Charlie Wilson’s War” deserving of two thumbs up, and the other was “The Bucket List.” Though the story of Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson facing cancer and dying is hardly the stuff of suspense, the quality of the writing and acting is such that I have to place it on my “do not miss” recommendation list. Those who’ve seen this movie will appreciate the following poem even more, though it stands on its own merits.

 

Exit Strategies

 

After Edward Lear

 

You might be bit by a rattler hid in your boot

or choke while drinking green tea;

could be killed by the kick of a madwoman’s foot

or be drowned in the syllabub sea.

 

You could murder yourself in New York with a fork

or melt in a crater of lava;

You could die by too frequently popping the cork

of your favorite brand of Marsala.

 

You could be gored by a virulent bull

Or be bored by a brute of a bee.

Your skull could crack like a china doll’s

when you fall from a three-story tree.

You might be split in two halves by a horse

or you could go more peacefully, of course.

 

Julie Moulds

 

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26 Responses to The Bucket List

  1. Beth says:

    I haven\’t seen the movie with Nicholson or Freeman but I think I would like to.  Of course any movie with Hanks in it is always good.

  2. PJ says:

    Good Morning Jorge,
     
    Yes, we always miss the ones we love. You are blessed to have a son who loves yuou so very much.
     
    I hope to see "The Bucket List". I have always admired Jack Nicholson since "One Flew Over The Cuckoo\’s Nest". Thanks for the
    THUMBS UP on it.
     
    Until next time..Keep Smiling.
     
    ~*~Paula~*~

  3. Holy says:

    I was wondering last night, how I would feel if the kids ever moved to Europe or Asia or somewhere else far away.  I decided I would have to move to be near them – I\’d be one of those parents.
     
    Holy Son saw the preview for The Bucket List and really wants to see it – hubby and I still have The Kite Runner to see.  You\’ve now inspired me to use up some freebie tickets we have to go see it this weekend.
     
    Good day to you.
     
     

  4. Holy says:

    PS – it meaning go see The Bucket List.  

  5. Aimee says:

    glad that it\’s a good one cause i was planning on going to see it…
    *~* :o) before you put on a frown… :o) make sure there are no smiles available… :o) *~*

  6. Pamela says:

    Hello Jorge,
     
    Excellent poem by it\’s own merit indeed! I have not seen the movie you recommend, but I\’ll be putting it on my list for sure…
    I hope the New Year is treating you well thus far and that you have a wonderful rest of the week!
    Be well.
    Peace.

  7. SANDRA says:

    Hello My Dear Jorge..First of all, please accept my belated wishes for a very Happy New Year for you and your family!  I was busy traveling to be with family over the holidays and during that time..(hold onto your hat)…I became a Great-Grandmother to my first Great-Grandchild…a boy born 12/27/07.  Of course I am estatic..although still in shock that I have added the "Great" to the Grandmother status (laughing).  I will definitely check out the movies…The Bucket List looks good, so of course I am intrigued…I miss you my dear friend, and once again, I will promise to be more diligent in visiting you here…Love, Sandra

  8. CM says:

    loved the poem… a friend of mine always says, "from the day that yer born til ya ride in the hearse, there isn\’t anything so bad that it couldn\’t possibly get worse."  those movies you mentioned are two that I want to definitely see.  I enjoy Julia Roberts and I understand she is playing in the Tom Hanks Movie…. and Jack and Morgan together ought to be a hit.  Have a pleasant day.. hugs, mtgal

  9. linda says:

    My Sweet Man,  Hello long time,
    I have seen both of the movies and enjoyed them by myself so much.
    Life is still not moving so fast around here, with health and things.
    Now the cold is too too much for me, not affording to turn it on hehehe.
    Lots of doctor bills.  I try to get close to my husband but he is in his own depression.
    I am looking threw the lens of a long telescope at the world, I do not feel much a part of it.
    But, I am going to try to come on line daily (since it has been about a year)
    Just for some companionship.  Limited funds leave me scrambling just to help my family.
    And I have been told not to be so serious, but I have always been very deeply serious
    so how do you not?  also, to think of myself and do for me  this is good advice but hard to apply for me.
    These were Top Notch movies I highly reccommend.
    Can a person love someone and never met?  I think so, I send you some love.  Bye for now Linda xoxo

  10. Jungle Mama says:

    Oh, that was a great poem.  Now I\’m going to have to go and see the movies!  Thanks for the recommendations.  I\’m kind of tired of the children\’s theme 😉

  11. zizicmp3 says:

    Jorge hi I spend wish you a good evening Tomorrow is the weekend !!!!!! cool !!!!! Olivier kisses a bientot

  12. Hope says:

    HI,
    I am sure your favorite poet misses you as well..
    I haven\’t watched either of those movies  you mentioned.. don\’t go to the movies..
    but will rent them when I have the chance..
    I Liked your poem..
    life is to be lived.. and to its fullest..
    one can\’t sit and be afraid..
    of what may or may not happen..
    hard to do sometimes..
    but with people such as your self..
    you help us to remember..
    thank you for that..
    hope your day has been kind..
    soft hugs ~Hope
     

  13. the1stephzen says:

    I will be back to read and catch up.  I have been away from spaces for soooo long…but I am back.  I am eager to read what you have posted!!

  14. Kathryn says:

    I was wondering if that movie, Bucket List, would be any good! Now I will have to watch it. Haven\’t seen CW W either….
     
    the poem made me laugh

  15. linda says:

    I have come back to my dear sweet man….. just to let you know I am working on myself…. will try to keep
    utilizing my friends on line to bring me back to life again. each day I will stop into my space for awhile.
    My son is in Kentucky and it is three years since I have seen him, miss him alot. He is trying to talk more to me.
    Well off I go, big hug

  16. PJ says:

    Good Evening Jorge,
     
    Guess who is stopping by to wish you a wonderful weekend? Yes, indeed, it is I. Even if you have to work..try to make the best of it.
     
    Until next time..Keep Smiling.
     
    ~*~Paual~*~

  17. Michelle says:

    I know you will miss the poet and he will miss you. I am glad you spent the holidays together!I would like to watch both of those movies. I looked them up and watched the trailers for both and they look excellent.
    We never know which exit strategy we\’re going to take, so definitely it is a good idea to sieze each and every day!
     
    We are in Santiago now. The weather is so nice. Not too hot! I am learning more Spanish but also speaking somewhat like tarzan at times!!! But I guess that is ok, until I overcome the hurdle of verbs! Yikes. Tonight I had a confusion of the word sueno. Armando\’s sister\’s husband asked me, Como se dice tengo sueno in Ingles? I said, I have a dream. (I thought that was what he meant and then waited to hear his dream.)Then we had a long conversation about tengo and Dulce suenos and the meanings of sleepy, dreams etc. He was trying to tell me they were leaving because he was sleepy and I thought he was going to tell me a dream he had or something HAHAHAHAHA So now I realize tengo sueno means have sleepy.
     
    Abrazo,
    Michelle

  18. n says:

    Hi thanks for coming, the secret is picturetrail.com , hope this help. it\’s easy too. I\’m not that smart lol.  Have a great evening. Venus

  19. Stephen Craig says:

    Julie Moulds a fine poet.  Thanks for the intoduction. 
    I once lived in Kalamazoo.  In my youth I never thought about how poetic the name of the town was.  http://www.kalamazoomi.com/  Yes indeed Space is only as deep as one makes it.  As ever be well.  Friend.  Stephen Craig Rowe

  20. Stephen Craig says:

    Jorge,  Here is a link to my friends from TSO and O\’2l,  Hope it comes through!  As ever be well.  Stephen Craig Rowe
     
    http://www.o2lmusic.com/
     

  21. Saksinee says:

    I have just had a chance to get back to my space after been busy with my personal life.
    Hope you had a wonderful holidays.
     
    Happy New Year 2008.
    Wish you all the best.
     

  22. sweeti's says:

    I have to find positiv news   i know…i will find  Im a libra  so i know how to keep my balance  lol
    enjoy ur week..
    a warm hug for u and ur loved ones…bye bye

  23. Fenix says:

    Hello Jorge:
    This year will be a special year… I am sureMy best wishes

  24. Marilena says:

    Both those movies are on my to-watch list 🙂 The poem is really good, I\’m sure I\’ll appreciate it even more after I watch the movie…

  25. janett says:

    well that\’s life,we have to live as it comes…..without thinking what is coming next. bye bye from Italy.

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