While I was in law school I visited a friend who was going to medical school. I was thumbing through one of his textbooks and noticed in the index the term “Stafne Defect”. Well, of course, I immediately turned to the pages which described said defect.
My great uncle, Edward Stafne, was a renowned oral surgeon. He gave both memorial addresses for each of the Mayo brothers, who founded Minnesota’s famed Mayo clinic.
When I was 27, after I first to moved to Seattle, a group of relatives got together. Uncle Edward was there. I remember he was talking about what it was like to get old. He was in his eighties then. What bothered him most was the lost of his memory. He complained that throughout his life he had an exceptional memory, which was now failing him.
Days later, I wrote the following poem:
My uncle now old,
conscious of its fleeing –
looks hard into my face
and calls my name,
from his mouth,
but i feel only his hand
on my arm gently holding me,
over my arm
feeling his youth that has fled.
The touch is comforting
and lonely too.
I know that I’ll go
through it too.
Its life that he seeks to really touch
and that’s what I do with you.
There it is. I admit it. There is a Stafne defect. And while I’ve taken a short break from brief writing, I’d like to share another poem I wrote when I was younger which sums up my feeling about how I feel about my country and those leaders who have stolen it form us — for now…
in our town square there is a statue
of some general riding a horse;
both are carved from iron.
i love the horse
and hate the general.
sometimes i think i would be
the most content man in the world
if i could be that iron general riding that iron horse.
i want to kíll the general–
but he is not alive.
i hate him.
i want to blow him up.
but he is one with the horse.
They are one thing.
How can this be?
I cannot destroy him alone.
What should i do?
Yes, that is the question. What should we do now that our government is not one which is by, for, and of the people? It is a question to be pondered.
Will you stand with the people of America in demanding a stop to the government corruption that has handed our nation on a silver platter to the banks and those which control them?