chronic illness, life, Poetry

Voodoo Doll: MS Awareness

Huge stakes pierce my heels Burning red hot fire Millions of minuscule knives Flay the insides of my feet A giant vegetable peeler slices off The bottoms * I'm sorry to those I squashed Those I looked down upon From any temporary high ground I believed I held I am your voodoo doll And you… Continue reading Voodoo Doll: MS Awareness

chronic illness, MS

Not all hugs are loving: MS awareness

It starts with a stitch A few deep breaths Then you're knitting my ribs together With barbed wool The front Then the back Swirling into my abs Then my lower back A corset of pain The cat the cow The cat the cow Stretching every way for relief Breathe Distract It's just a physical thing… Continue reading Not all hugs are loving: MS awareness

life, writing

A new career – finally believing

The questions never stop Can I teach again? Should I try it? Am I just giving up? The best days are the worst The doubts eat me alive Two years I've pretended Waiting to get busted Who gets to call themselves a writer? Not me. And yet, the shift has happened The genes have shifted… Continue reading A new career – finally believing

gratitude, life, Poetry

West Coast: Unplugged Joy

Paradise. It's not the tropics. I'm bundled up in a blanket with my jacket on, absorbing vitamin D through my face and hands. Not a margarita but a BC cider in my hand No internet No wifi Just the wide ocean The waves Relentless in their battering of the rocky shore Their energy And constant… Continue reading West Coast: Unplugged Joy

life, writing

50 Word Thursday #6 – Spring

Spring Tiptoe through the tulips Cavort among the crocuses Nimble amid the narcissus The colors of the world are changing, day by day The bleak grey of winter Snaps at the flowers in the night But the sun welcomes and warms them each morning Heralding Spring to come, day by day 50 words “The colors… Continue reading 50 Word Thursday #6 – Spring