Thursday, May 5, 2011

another one.

last week in austin

i met someone

who will

die soon.

i looked back

at her, listening

as she shared

her life with me,

learning that she'd soon be

leaving her husband

in the position

we all find ourselves in.

cancer was there,

staring me in the

face but all

i could see was

one of the strongest

people i had ever met.

i cried with her

(yeah, in public, in front of lots of other people)

and told her

that there was

a community of people

that would be there

for her husband

in case


he needed it.

she nodded at me.

she knew that.

she was there to

say thanks for giving her

hope, to say thanks

in advance.


it just ruins me

to hear from

people like her,

to know that there will

soon be another

family like yours, ours,

but it's further

proof of the

power of community,

and a reminder that sometimes

(just by talking and writing about our situations)

we can change

the future for others.


  1. You put so much into so little words.....thank you.

  2. Thanks for this Matt.

  3. My stomach hurts every single time I meet, or hear of, someone who is new to this community.
    Thanks for this, Matt.