We all need a giggle once in awhile to lighten the mood, so here’s a little something for ya. I don’t remember who gave me this gem – probably an old co-worker. I was cleaning out my desk and found this faded piece of fax paper stuffed inside an old file and had a good laugh (which I needed today). No name of the author was written or even acknowledged on it. Only the date of the fax receipt showed as August 5th, 1995. I’m glad I held onto it this long, because it’s fun, silly, and I can share it with you!
As we’re gearing up for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Russia, I thought I’d share a poem I submitted in 2012 to “Forward Poetry” based in the UK. The theme was to write a poem inspired by the 2012 Summer Olympic Games held in London. They liked my piece & included it in a compilation of poetry titled “The Summer of Sport“. I was thrilled!
Here is “Unity”…
My MS affects my brain – cognition issues have been challenging for me ever since my diagnosis nearly 13 years ago. About 6 years ago, my neurologist informed me that my latest MRI scan showed one large lesion had now become a “black hole”…and, it is just like it sounds. A black hole is permanent – a dark, lifeless area of the brain beyond repair. Fear is early onset dementia. Hopes are to keep other possible lesions away from this spot and to limit or exclude lesion activity altogether. I keep my brain as busy as I have the energy to muster. I write, play and listen to music. I do newspaper crossword puzzles and read articles/blogs/books – I try most anything to expose my brain to new information…when energy allows. “Black Hole” will be understood by many others with MS.
I began writing “Perception” a few years ago, revised it once, yet never truly finished it. Well, for a variety of reasons, I needed this poem to be done & gone! So, I did a little more editing and have HOPEFULLY “purged” it here as cathartic relief. The effects when going through anxiety & panic attacks are exhausting & can have a disastrous impact on the mind and body. For some people, these episodes are often debilitating and difficult to control. Anyone who has dealt with anxiety/panic knows exactly what I’m talking about.
|PERCEPTION ~ Ode to a Panic Attack|
My wonderful nephew is growing up so fast – makes me sad and happy at the same time. I wrote this and gave it to him last month on his birthday. Writing this and watching his face as he read it meant a lot to me…and I think it meant a lot to him too.
|Artist: Peter Max|