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As I walk along in life, my muses dance with reflection inspiring me to release the thoughts and emotions of my pondering mind through poetry.

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Theatrical Limbs

One night I learned the secret!
Why my body uncontrollably
stretches and twists,
outward one minute
springing back the next
like a tight rubber band.
My foot doesn’t lift.
My knee forgets to bend.
My muscles cringe
as my hand curls
to form a claw.

It was a night I was alert
open to the unknown
while my body hurt.

I felt the presence of what I could not see,
then..the shadows revealed strings
that led to me.

I watched the shadows for their source.
They all traced
to one that ran their course.

The shadow was a massive blur.
That resembled..
my words were one big slur.

I nearly fainted from the sight.
Am I dreaming?
Is this right?

A Giant held the strings connected to me
as if I was a puppet
for his glee.

At that moment he became aware
of me peering
opening his mouth with a scare.

I cowered as he spoke
afraid
that he ate folk!

His voice shook the room
by surprise
like a flower in bloom.

“You are my marionette for the theater,”
the Giant exclaimed.
“I picked you amongst the rest
because you were the best.”

The doctors call it Spasticity!

River © 2010
inspired by Shel Silverstein.

12 comments:

Jingle Poetry said...

lovely piece...
life is a learning process.
well expressed experiences.

Timoteo said...

I knew that's what it had to be! (Brought to mind THE BFG by Roald Dahl!)

River said...

Yes it fits his style too. Love them both.

Shashi said...

Dear River...
Its so beautiful and powerful... thanks for sharing..
I was trying to place the picture but I was not sure what I was seeing...;-)

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fiveloaf said...

love it!

jessicasjapes said...

Clever ending, I was expecting something else, like some fantasy story! Well written.

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Giggles said...

At first I thought my friend had written it about her MS. Good job!

River said...

It is written about my experience with the spasicity of MS.

scentofmyheart said...

Very beautiful River! I like your way with words!

abthomas said...

nicely done!

signed...bkm said...

I love this - the image that one is gaint is in control...that as humans we are marrionettes ..at times it truly seems that way....nice...bkm

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