Monday, August 1, 2011

Magpie 76





she formed words
in her mind
brilliant and succinct
words she could not speak
mind intact
body failing
ALS ~ a cruel disease

frame frail
skin stretched over bone
muscle wasting
no way out
no happy ending
like iron converting to rust
disintegration was inevitable
ALS ~ a merciless disease





30 comments:

  1. i am sorry that your family member has to go through this...i am glad though you are there to help...would make me feel so helpless...

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  2. I can't imagine how difficult that must be. Baseball star Jim Hunter had it, too, as well as, of course, Lou Gehrig.

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  3. i have been a personal support worker for 6 years, i understand how your family feel...

    God bless!..

    JJRod'z

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  4. it is a cruel disease, sorry for this pain in your family, your write said it all

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  5. Sounds like a horrific disease. Love the analogy, though.

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  6. The depth of feeling is conveyed with such empathy..one prays for courage and somehow hope..Converting to rust...what a phrase!

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  7. tears at the heart - your words, and the cruel affliction... peace and strength...

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  8. A beautiful write about an awful disease.

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  9. Having LGMD myself I understand some of what is truly happening here. I am truly sorry and you are right it is a merciless disease.

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  10. Heartfelt words, Helen. I had an aunt with the same affliction. Blessings...x

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  11. Your poem is so sadly and painfully descriptive of this dreaded disease. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family member.

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  12. You have written well about this cruel disease and lending support to family in trying times!! You will be blest forever!!

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  13. An awful disease, truly awful. You put it ably and heart-rendingly.

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  14. ..a tough one indeed as your words connects with it.. the pain is visible and you made it so tangible in your piece.. i am sorry that your family had to go through such pain.. and you’re blessed for you’ve found the true essence of love and family.(:

    Brightest blessings to you and your family.

    ~Kelvin

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  15. ALS a new phenomena, that spells destruction. Apparently there's no known cure. You are reaching out beautifully.

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  16. So sad. Yes, absolutely merciless.

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  17. I got goosebumps reading this and I think it will be the last one I'm reading tonight. You paint a sad, sad picture of yes, a merciless disease - a disease which is not respecter of anyone.

    Heartfelt words - sad truth so well written.

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  18. So sad. My best friend's father-in-law was a victim of ALS last year. I saw what it was like...a horrible disease.

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  19. Alas, our body's machine succumbs to its forms of rust, just like old iron does.
    Poignant take on the photo...

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  20. Heartwrenching. So well done.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  21. Many blessings to you and you family,Helen...
    Heartfelt words and one of the nicest take on the prompt...

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  22. Moving words, Helen. Hard times. My thoughts are with you and your family.

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  23. Helen- this is a stellar piece- thoughtful and heartfelt. Brava.

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  24. Helen, your poem was very moving. I am very familiar with the horrors of ALS. I think there are no worse illnesses than neuromuscular diseases!

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  25. This is a powerful poem Helen....it gripped my heart. By the way I love your new profile picture it is beautiful and glamorous!

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  26. Yes I knew someone who passed away from ALS, I miss her! thanks for writing.

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  27. That's a very apt metaphor Helen. I family friend, now dead, had ALS...it really is an awful disease.

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  28. This is touching and sad. I am sorry about your family member suffering from this disease. How wonderful that you can be there. Rich blessings on you and your family.

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