The door frames have been widened, the elevator is in.
Electric wires, like raw nerves, have been grafted by plaster skin.
For one moon the house hemorrhaged dust,
Its bones were sawn clean through
But do it they said me must.

Still you walk, run and jump. It seems all in vain;   
Past, Present, Forward, and around and around again.
Stay in the moment, but prepare for future needs.
Don't expect a harvest, but do plant the seeds.
When walking is an impossibility and hugging a thing of the Past,
Even breathing will be an act of assisted humility.
Memories of before the Disability,
Those will last, but will they make mockery of the powers taken away,
Or be filled with Joy and Gratitude that we kicked the loving shit out of Yesterday?

Mind in Clarity, a prisoner of the body encased in cement.
Grasp at optimism or lapse into despairing torment?
Pray for a miracle or a medical breakthrough?
Invest Hope in research or in divine placations of a Church?
No matter, because you're damned if you don't and damned if you do.

What lies beneath truths untold?

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Comment by Andrea Cleary on June 3, 2014 at 12:06pm

Thank you Frankie. The feelings build up and release themselves most harmlessly on the page.

How is your journey lately?


Comment by Frankie Butler on June 2, 2014 at 1:28pm

Hey Andrea, I haven't been here for a while. But when I saw your picture, I thought immediately of your poems and came here to read them again. Thought you should know that - not sure if you only write here or if you write elsewhere, but these are poems are amazing. Spot on. The anger, the sadness, the everything. Sending you good wishes and admiration for how well you've said all of the above.

Comment by Andrea Cleary on March 10, 2012 at 10:36pm

Thanks Grace and Debra.

Comment by Grace Marks on March 9, 2012 at 11:35pm

You are a gifted writer. Thanks for sharing. I hope you will share more of these heavy gems, needs to be said...

Comment by Debra Chiabai on March 9, 2012 at 4:15pm

Wow...poetry for thought. Sending hugs.

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