More from the World of ALS
(Part of Living Poem)
Negotiating steps is like someone who seeks
To emulate a goat on mountain peaks.
Crossing a threshold, limping in
Is like the valley-walking of an Olympian.
A cane and its grip make a fellow stop
To consider the physics of leans and drops.
To know how a forefinger grabs and digs
Imagine your digits are chestnut twigs
When a new drug trial notably unrolls,
Look for the gates and winnowing controls.
When strength improves in a recovery stint
Murder Inc. shows up and says, “No you di’n’t!”
Securing hopes on downhill landings
Is like dream-house-buying with Mr. Blandings.
One’s self-concept as someone who’s blessed
Does not correlate with a state of distress.
Questions that shoppers form become mooter
When they see me writing while riding a scooter.
Each day divides into micro-tasks batched
Into trips with time-sensitive tabs attached.
The trick to enjoying each moment, un-anxious,
Is discerning a story in each cache of actions.