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 thirty years. With symptoms since he was seventeen years old, Karl was diagnosed at the age of twenty-three. Now fifty-one, he is a Parkinson’s disease advocate, an entrepreneur, an inventor, an author of two books (A Soft Voice in a Noisy World: A Guide to Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease and Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease and Other Health Conditions: A Workbook for Body, Mind, and Spirit) with his wife and care partner, Angela Robb. He has blogged for ten years on his website, He is a Community Team Member to and is a contributor to His blog,, has been recognized four years in a row by as one of The Best Parkinson’s Blogs of 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015! also listed the book A Soft Voice in a Noisy World in their list of Best Parkinson’s Disease Books of 2017! has recognized for 2018 and 2017 as a Top 50 Parkinson’s Disease blog. Karl was a blogger for the 2016 World Parkinson Congress in Portland, Oregon. He is a frequent speaker on Parkinson’s disease issues as well as an experienced advocate for Parkinson’s issues throughout the United States. He is also an advisor and consultant on Parkinson’s disease. Karl is a board member of both the Parkinson Voice Project and Parkinson Social Network based in Virginia. He was an active board member (6 years) and an advocate (18 years) with the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN). In his free time, he is a photographer, constant writer, longtime magician, and a practicing Reiki Jin Kei Do master. Karl received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been featured by The New York Post, BBC Radio, CBS News, National Public Broadcasting (NPR), in The New Republic magazine and NHK World Television, as well as several Washington, D.C., television stations. You may reach Karl via email at, on Facebook, or contact him via Twitter @asoftvoicepd. I’m available for speaking engagements to share my experience living with Parkinson’s disease. Please contact me at if you are interested in having me speak to your group, conference/symposium, or would like me to write an article for your newsletter or blog. I am not a medical professional and this information is my personal view. I am just sharing my medical journey with you, the reader. I encourage you to seek all avenues that can benefit your condition.

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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