Focus on Colour

Life’s mountaina rough climbbody fails to adjustfocused as we areon destination Sights a sepia blurhere approaching summitscree presents new danger I vote we pause awhileappreciate our labourbreathe in colour for once. (Art mine)

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Dear Legs

I’ve been remiss in expressing appreciationall the years you’ve carried me – stride confident, pace swift, head turning grace – We wobble now, you and I,strength questionablestilted soldiers forging againsta tide of contrary currents Remember endless laps in the poolprepping for provincial meets,then dancing till the wee hoursgetting down with disco? We were champions, you […]

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Why Not?

Severeboneloss One more challengealready exhausted systemaccommodating further testing slowclimbdetermination (Written for my weekly challenge: threes. I was diagnosed with Osteoporosis last year, but due to other, more urgent health problems, treatment was put on hold. Reviewing the situation, my doctor referred me to a specialist, who said I have severe bone loss in my hip […]

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Numb

Pain no longer a threat having found numbness – semi-permanent vacation from insistence of chronic battles, this unchosen life. (Image from personal collection)

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Chronic Companion

She sits with me at breakfast, follows me to the park, hovers on the drive home, celebrates when I lie down, snuggles in with warming pad, and moans… Not a companion I would have chosen, preferred the active, athletic life, and yet She complains with me in the afternoon, invites excuses during dinner, grounds me […]

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March Madness

Winds picked up yesterday, gathering grey.  Cold seeped in through the windowsills, and we set the furnace on high.  Forecast for today is just above zero, even though we are in a tropical zone.  Oh well, I decide, a nice spicy soup will warm our innards. Seems my body mirrors the weather: health declining, forcing […]

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The Same, But Broken

Fragility blindsides – I am woman. Strong. Courageous, some say – a sentiment beyond my reach having not chosen this state. Fragility is pervasive – body reduced to miniscule fibers, stretched, torn, bordering on broken. Overwhelmed, mind obsesses – will neither organize nor let go… If only I could let go… I am weeping and […]

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Desert

Take me to the desert with mountains at our side, walk with me in shadows, let nature be our guide We’ll stroll amongst the cacti, pay homage to the quails; take me to the desert help me gather tales The seasons are passing, we’re running out of time; take me to the desert to heal […]

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Filters

Age masks the depth and breadth of ability – houses more than anticipated room for expansion, however; current state of disrepair – walls buckling, wiring faulty, and security systems failing – compromises output. Old holds a certain charm, character well-earned, but it would be useful to install a mechanism for locking out the past – […]

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Paper Pushing

I am contributing! Are these lessons not abundance – success? Authorities are dissatisfied; want me back in the game, insist disability has an end – analyze me to depletion their plans shutting me down, unforgiving – Encouragement is called for, and hopeful help, something to prod progress This bureaucratic tapping turns on me, creativity breaks […]

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