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Multiple Sclerosis

by Diana Neutze
(New Zealand)

Murphy's Fall photo courtesy of Udo Herzog (Flickr)

Murphy's Fall photo courtesy of Udo Herzog (Flickr)

For over forty years
I have been dueling
with a redoubtable opponent.
If I have maintained equilibrium,
it is through fancy footwork
and unwavering attention.

But today, he slipped in under my guard.
I lost footing and my concentration
became distracted.
I sprawled lengthwise
entirely at his mercy.

But the defeat is not of today alone;
for months, years, I have been undermined
and only now,
the skin has cracked open
to expose a gaping wound.

© 2009 Diana Neutze

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Jan 24, 2010
Love the Imagery
by: Akrista

Love the imagery, Diana!
I know that Cir can relate to this poem because he loves boxing. The duel, whether it's with swords, boxing, or a disease like MS, can produce the same results in a ring in a split second or in ones life over a longer period of time.

Thanks for a great poem!


Jan 15, 2010
So True
by: Jane D.

This beautifully expresses what has just happened to me too after many years. MS is so sneaky and does seem to want to have the last word. Please come here often. It's nice to know that somewhere in New Zealand there's a woman who understands completely.

Best of luck to you,

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