Letters and Words

Letters jostle for position
attempt to regroup
get detoured

Frustration builds
and obstacles
pop-up –
cognition faltering

Circuits are jumbled
pathways rerouting
patience exploding
expression lost.

Word recall
out of order
Word recognition
under construction

Is there an exit
from this nightmare?

(Brain fog affects cognitive functioning.  I first wrote this piece in 2015 and the condition continues today – one of the reasons I keep writing.  I resubmit it here for Ragtag Community’s prompt: jumble.  Image from personal collection.)

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Permission to write, paint, and imagine are the gifts I gave myself when chronic illness hit - a fair exchange: being for doing. Relevance is an attitude. Humour essential.

25 thoughts on “Letters and Words”

  1. I have no experience in this, only vicarious insights per favour of others, like yourself who take time to share the experience. Your poem born of the awful nature of this is nonetheless a gift to those of us who have no idea.

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  2. The brain’s matrix is a mysterious thing. I’m glad you can laugh at it at times. I find when I’m super tired, I’ll jumble my words unintentionally. My daughter thinks it’s cute what I come up with and we laugh hysterically. 🙂

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  3. I flitter and flutter, get myself into a frustrated flurry, become over fragmented, eventually fermentate, then forget my mental fantasies, and faithfully play Cohen’s Hallelujah…….. … is this of any help for you…….xxx

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  4. “Letters jostle for position”… I understand this line intimately. That’s a perfect description for what happens to me when I’m tired, overwhelmed, or unwell. The letters jostle. This is such a wonderful piece.

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