Thursday, November 24, 2005

private joker says. . . .

I watched one of my favorite films, Full Metal Jacket, two days ago and at its end the Marine named Joker walks along side his brothers-in-arms in the midst of a dark and ruined Vietnamese landscape. The scars of war are all around them. In light of the madness that surrounds of him, he fights on cognizant of the fact that he unlike his fallen comrades is alive. Although he's in hell, he's alive and mighty happy to be so:

I am so happy that I am alive . . .
in one piece, and short.
I'm in a world of shit, yes,
But I am alive.
And I am not afraid.


Though Joker and I are in the midst of different landscapes, one a war zone and the other full of hospital visits and chemo infusions, I share his expression of thanksgiving for life. Indeed, in light of everything we're alive and for that Joker and I are thankful.

2 Comments:

Comment Anonymous Anonymous said...

Duane, great quote. You are truly an inspiration.

7:24 PM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

I don't know about an inspiration, but thank you. You're very kind.

2:17 PM  

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