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I feel . . .
by Jayne Adler

        MS is an unnerving disease
              I feel like a jumble of loose, unattached parts
              like a sackful of detached, separate and separating parts
                    a connect-the-dots portrait
        I feel like I'm at the seashore with the sand disappearing from beneath
my feet
                    as the tide roll out.
        I have tides within my body. They speak to me in Morse code, all dashes
        dots, telling me   what ?

        tides rage within me
             when I stand,  swaying motion threatens to pull me over
        pushing and pulling, the waves crash within me

        The ebbing and flowing within
        my personal tides
        threaten my integrity

© Jayne Adler, May 2000