The Loneliness Of The Lonely

What is it like to feel lonely?
To be lonely?
To feel lost… alone… unwanted?
You may think you know
But you don’t

How can you be surrounded by people
Yet nobody sees you
Talks to you… smiles at you…

How can anyone live like this?
Why even go on living this way?

I’ve found so many lonely souls here
Searching for answers
Wanting someone to talk to
Someone to listen to their pain
Someone to help

I’ve tried to help
But I can’t do it alone

Will you be their answer?
Their saving grace?
Will you step up and help them?
Lead them out of their loneliness?

Or will you turn your back
And walk away?

It’s so easy to help
Just listen to them
Talk with them
Be a friend

Be the difference in their life
Just be there

Make it happen
Do it now!

©Walt Page 2018

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Save Our Children – A Double Sedoka

Death is everywhere
No place is safe anymore
Our children are being shot

Stop all the madness
We’ve done nothing for too long
The time has come to end this

No more loss of life
It’s time to end this killing
Too much death, too much sadness

Now’s the time to act
Save our children, start today
Let them live to laugh and play

©Walt Page 2018

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Soulana, Sister Land To Everdream

It’s a magical place that I visit
As I sit alone in the dark
A place of mystery and night songs
Where I go to quiet my heart

It’s doesn’t matter if I write
For that’s not why I’ve come
Soulana is my quiet place
To visit when day is done

But the music of Soulana fills my soul
And poems start to form
My heart tells me what to write
As words escape my pen

The words start flowing faster now
Words of love and words of life
Inspiration comes in wave after wave
Tsunamis of words that I need to write

Find your Soulana and go there tonight
The words will come and you’ll start to write
Feel the magic of Soulana flow through your pen
It will make you believe in your writing again

©Walt Page 2018

Our Pain Won’t Go Away

The pain is pretty constant now
It’s with us all the time
We just want to go to sleep
And wake up feeling fine

The pain pills take the edge off
But they don’t stop the ache
And even if we fall asleep
It comes back when we wake

Like many others that we know
We live with pain each day
And now the politicians want
To take our pills away

We must protect them from themselves”
The politicians say
We think they need to take our pain
And bear it for a day

The regulations that they want
Will only cause more pain
But they don’t really give a damn

They don’t even know our names

©Walt Page 2017

My Thoughts On The Opioid Epidemic And Why They Should Matter

I’m tired. Tired of being in chronic pain. Tired of hearing and reading about “the opioid epidemic”. Tired of my physician being regulated by Medicare as to how much oxycodone he can prescribe in total for his practice. Tired of worrying about the Federal Government and State of Tennessee government regulating my personal requirement for painkillers. Tired of hearing unqualified politicians or others telling me that Opioids are not meant for long term treatment of chronic pain. No excuse. If you have an ongoing script from your doctor, he’s part of the problem.” I’m tired of anybody other than my physician thinking that they know what is best for me and how I should be dealing with my pain. They need to walk a mile and spend a day in my shoes and try and deal with my pain.

The FDA states on their website, “Opioid analgesics are important pain medications that provide significant benefits for patients when used properly for their approved indication.”

WebMd reports on their website that “When people with no history of drug addiction appropriately use narcotics at prescribed doses to control pain, they are relatively unlikely to become addicted to the drugs.”

Many studies have pointed to joblessness, hopelessness and emotional pain as part of the root causes of the opioid epidemic. Unemployment, lack of health insurance and poverty are all associated with a higher prevalence of prescription opioid misuse and use disorders among adults.

The politicians need to look at the root causes of the epidemic and solve those problems. If not, the contributing causes will still remain and regulating the medications will not stop the misuse. Prohibition did not stop people from drinking. Regulating tobacco has not stopped people from smoking. Regulating over the counter medications has not stopped the meth problem. All of these regulations and controls do not solve the problem, they only make it more and more difficult for those of us with chronic pain problems to get the relief we need.

I am a veteran and have served my country. It’s time for my country to leave me alone and let me live the rest of my life as pain free as possible. If you take away my painkillers I will probably end up having to find them on the street. Regulating my usage will only contribute to the illegal drug problem. Regulating my access to my pain killers solves nothing. Our country’s history has shown that over-regulating anything only worsens the problem and actually causes a whole set of new problems.

These are my thoughts. They come from the pain I have to deal with. I need pain relief and that is why my thoughts should matter.

Maybe It’s Time

As I sit alone and wonder
I hear the distant sound of thunder
A storm is brewing, following a line
And I say to myself, “Maybe it’s time”

Have I done enough?
Have I been good enough?
Have I expected too much?
Has my pain become my crutch?

All of you are like family to me
You have all brought out the best in me
But I wonder if it’s time to call it a day
As I wait for the storm to come my way

Maybe it’s time. Should I go or stay?
Shall I turn out the lights, throw my notebook away?
These are questions we writers ask everyday
But no answers are needed

We know that we’ll stay

Copyright © 2017 Walt Page
All Rights Reserved

Update On My Medical Expenses


I’m reposting this today, since my first medical bills have started to arrive. It’s been 3 weeks since my surgery and bills so far amount to over $700. We’ve only raised $150 and we are grateful for that. My wife Susan has been on family medical leave without pay, so we have no income for the next four weeks. We could really use your help, even if it’s only a few dollars. Please help a fellow blogger?


I am having total knee replacement of my right knee on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. The surgeon has told me that it will require a hospital stay of 2-3 days. Medicare will cover only 80% of the costs and my Blue Cross supplemental Advantage Plan requires copays of $300 per day for the hospital stay and $325 for the surgery. Each follow up with the orthopedic surgeon is a $40 copay.  The recovery period for this surgery at my age is 6-8 weeks.

The surgeon has also informed me that I will need 6 weeks of physical therapy, 2-3 times per week. My copay for each physical therapy visit will be $40, which amounts to $$80-$120 per week for 6 weeks which will amount to $480-$720 total. My wife Susan is taking family medical leave for 5 weeks and 3 weeks of that will be unpaid leave, which amounts to almost $1000 in lost wages. I am still paying for my open heart surgery last year, with a balance of $1060.

Susan and I really need help to cover all of these expenses and any help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you all so much!


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