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My MS Monkey

by Jonathan Thompson
(Huntsville, Alabama)

I've got a monkey on my back.

Not alcohol, no its not crack.

He stole everything and


He first came like a thief in the night.

He didn't steal my TV or gold,

He stole my good sight.

He came again soon,

This theft was slow, over time.

Gone now are my speed and stamina,

Qualities that were MINE!

Strength and energy I was known for.

That mischievous primate got 'em

And walked out the door.

But to say he doesn't leave anything

In the place of what he gets is


At some point over time,

He left in place of what he took,


And about three years ago,

Exactly when I don't know,

He took my youthful swagger,

And left me a stagger.

Now I'm quite a show!!

My wife left me, this past March.

I don't give him all the credit,

But I know he played a part!

He'd be proud to know,

He helped break my heart!!

That was my biggest loss to date.

It was more than a loss of a wife.

She was the best friend of mine.

No doubt, it will prove to be

The loss of a lifetime!!!

But I am hangin' tough

And fighting the good fight!

I thank God for my blessings,

Each and every night!!!

Gone is the big muscles,

Gone is the wife,

But poor little MS can't take my


THEY'RE for LIFE!!!!

Glory to GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Oct 05, 2011
by: Allison Liccardi

Poetry speaks the lost words of the soul..., that is one thing that can not be touched. What you had to succumb with your wife, is what I fear, daily. Pray - yeah prayer is all that can over power such a demon.

I know it hurts. You can hear sobs b/w the faint lines of your poetry and what I always question is, "they know I'd never leave..., so where have THEY gone."

Wisdom is not promised and you have gained it and yet in turn...it's normally not a positive feeling..it hurts and it shocks.

God bless you

Sep 22, 2011
God Be With You
by: miss.k.atnip

Your poem is really great and even though I don't know you, you will always be in my prayers. I hope that god will give you the strength to get up and see the sun shining down on you each and every day. I wish you the best of luck in life.

Aug 29, 2011

Love U, JON.
A great poem!

Aug 28, 2011
by: Anonymous

It touch my heart. What a strong man.

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