40th Anniversary of My Illness

by Diana Neutze
(New Zealand)

Number 40 photo courtesy of Szczel (Flickr)

Number 40 photo courtesy of Szczel (Flickr)

Forty years of living

with a kleptomaniac

who steals by stealth

movement, agility, grace.

But that is not all:

the thief is now leaching away

the nimbleness of time.

Last week I watched the story

of two elderly sisters

and a drowned violinist;

but last week is years ago.

As I lose a hopeful tomorrow

I become merely today

and memories of the past,

the bright flashing river

of opportunity and hope

turned into sludginess,

a dead end of days.

© 2009 Diana Neutze

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Jan 15, 2010
Don't Let It
by: Jane D.

Just don't let it happen then, Diana. You are always in charge of your life because the most important thing is how you manage what happens to you. Somehow reframe that rolling river, notice the flowers on the bank as you go even on a whirlwind tour, and you are able to stay in control and be the master of your life, even with MS making its demands.

Good luck,

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