False Alarm

I was cutting grass

my wife shoveling dog shit

I began to feel weak 

confused and faint

is this my time I thought

my mother passed at 49 

my dad at 56

now in my mid-forties

I have to expect my time 

could come whenever

checked blood pressure

it was dangerously low

it’s never been low

always on the high side

that’s what took mom out

I’ve been struggling to get 

that under control for sometime 

my loving wife took up the slack on the yard 

as I rested and slowly began to feel better

not today

I thought

I went outside to get the grill ready 

cracked a cold one

fired up a cigar

looked around and 

took in the beauty of life