Goodbye 2009

The past year was an odd and difficult year. It was a year of hope and changes. Some of those changes were on the right track but many have yet to show any signs of fruition.

Below is my summary of 2009 for me and so many people around the globe. Below my poem is a photo of one of the Gerber daisies that I gave my Mom just before she passed.

I will not miss 2009
For what it took from me and mine

The year that stole the near and dear
A year of hope yet filled with fear

2009 cost many so much
Lives and money- still in war’s deadly clutch

May 2010 bring back this planet
Calm the burning fire and not just fan it

Ease the torment and quell the world’s suffering
Protect the planet and give it a buffering

May we see peace and a coming together
Care for our people, the animals, Nature and weather

Without change all we are left with is hope
As our world changes it gets harder to cope

Only time will tell just what is our future
Will our wounds heal and close up the suture?

–Karl Robb Jan. 2010

The Last Flower

Gerber Daisies for Mom

About Karl Robb

Karl Robb has had Parkinson’s disease (PD) for over twenty-five years. Karl believes he has had PD since he was seventeen years old and was diagnosed at the age of twenty-three. Now fifty, he is a Parkinson advocate, entrepreneur, inventor, writer, blogger, photographer, Reiki Master, and speaker on PD issues. Karl is the author of the book, A Soft Voice in a Noisy World: A Guide to Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease. He has been chosen as a blogger partner for the 4th World Parkinson Congress being held this September in Portland, Oregon. He has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His writing has been featured in The New York Post and he has appeared on BBC radio, the CBS Saturday Evening News, Japanese television, as well as several local Washington, D.C., television stations. Karl is a former board member and a Virginia assistant state director of the Parkinson’s Action Network and a board member of the Parkinson Voice Project. You may reach Karl via email at, visit his blog at, on Facebook, or contact him via Twitter @asoftvoicepd.

Posted on January 7, 2010, in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I’m very touched by your 2009 poem. The words are so profound and moving. The picture of the daisy is just breathtaking. Keep up the good work! 🙂

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