Oh, the Pain

Oh, the pain that wrecks my joints
That’s the arthritis

Oh, the plugged up head that makes me huff and puff
That’s the allergies

Oh, the wheezing and coughing that blocks my breath
That’s the asthma

Oh, the weakness in my legs that makes me have to sit
That‘s the MS

Not some life-threatening conditions,
only inconvenient, life changing beasts
that keeps me busy each day with
pill popping, exercise duty, symptom watching.
Hoping for consistency.

Why didn’t I realize it when I was young and healthy
that this very moment was the best time of my life.
Enjoy it because it’s all downhill from here, is a common refrain.
One I didn’t really hear until it’s engulfed me.

But then comes adjustment, acceptance, actuality.
I assume what I’ve been given.
I look at what I have and find my plight is better
than what others must endure.

Now I’m pleased to be able to walk two blocks.
Now I’m satisfied to get one chore done each day.
Now I’m fortunate to be able to do yoga with a chair.
Now I’m jubilant to have a housekeeper do the bending and reaching.

Looking at the have’s instead of the have not’s.





1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Kathy Wicht
    Jun 03, 2017 @ 12:55:54

    Yes, appreciate your sense of humor and the friends who laugh with you.

    Sent from my iPhone




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