Long hours, stress, too many hurried meals; all these things very sadly make many police officers candidates for heart attacks and strokes when they reach retirement age and even before.
This poem is simple advice that was inspired by the heart problems of two good friends.
An angioplasty is a medical procedure that improves the flow of blood in and out of the heart.
THE WAY TO A MAN'S HEART
(for Gary Dunne and Bob Armet)
Angioplasty. Must feel weird
To have your inner workings cleared
As doctors, guided by computer,
Go at your heart like Roto-Rooter.
Well, after they have reamed you out;
When you are up, out and about,
We urge that you amend your ways
To add to your allotted days.
A word they give unto the wise;
You know the word. It's "exercise".
Don't sit and emulate a log.
Get off your duff. Go out and jog.
You'll soon have better muscle tone
And skin that's closer to the bone.
Your waistline must get thin, not thicker
To put less strain upon that ticker.
To ward off strokes and heart attacks,
Avoid those in-between-meal snacks.
When offered seconds, say: "I pass".
And you'll not need that nasty by-pass.
Remember, scales are quickly tipped.
Takes one potato -- fried and chipped,
And loaded up with cheese and dips.
Don't let those things get past your lips.
Avoid the things that cause you stress.
Play golf or handball, checkers, chess.
Do anything that calms you down
Or brightens moods black, blue or brown.
And if you've wound down your career,
Pick something nice and volunteer.
So that's the course you must adopt
If you don't want the music stopped.
Now, we won't nag or make a fuss;
But we prefer you here with us.
Though doctors now, with all their arts,
Can do amazing things with hearts
And even transplants can be done,
Don't bet the farm on having one.
Don't mean to lay on mushy stuff,
But where'll we find one big enough?
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