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dock porters with heart.


my brother, scott

who never stops raising money for research and awareness

in honor of my nephew, hazen, gone way too soon

so that others may stay.

thank you to his mackinac island dock porter brothers from so many years ago.

“say not in grief: “he is no more”, but live in thankfulness that he was.”

-hebrew proverb


miss you little cowboy



our perfect day 

set out on an adventure

shared by

kindred spirits


up to the top 

of the  

empire state building


both had always wanted to 

never had –

found our chance

saw it and looked

in amazement

at the world around us


next stop

a favorite park

playing in the autumn sun


 sat by the water

talked about life

 all the important things


scooby doo, spiderman, 

stuffed monkeys, 

people we love,

holidays, colors,

magic, fairies


calm and peaceful

took coins

kissed them and made wishes


tossed them in

watched them sink

as ripples moved

away from them


he asked me

what is your wish?

i shared


breaking the code of secrecy 

that goes with all wishes

just this once

for this very special reason


my wish –

that you never feel sick again

(it’s been 2 long years)

and that we will share so many, many

perfect days


just like this one

i asked him

what is your wish?

he shared

breaking the rules

just this once


his wish

so powerful

i sat

just listening



from the lips of

this 5 year old boy

who has endured 

so much more 

than most adults

in their entire lifetime

ever will


old soul trapped in a child’s body

his wish


the most amazing response

my wish 

he said

in that most innocent of voices

is that all of YOUR wishes come true

 we sat

in silence

looking at each other

both understanding

this would be our last perfect day together

we knew

these were our gifts

to each other

that we would always keep

gifts given

in their purest form

each only

for the other

we shared a moment

now held within us forever

on this,

our perfect day.

dedicated to my nephew h, who passed away soon after, (november 1, 2006), on a perfect autumn day.