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Dave Minneman, heroic portrait

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Act 5, Scene 1: Irene's Twilight Zone

Act 5, Scene 1: Irene’s Twilight Zone See whole poem, "The Main Show," and index of scenes.  (Spotlight opens on the lobby of the theater.  Characters who remain in the lobby enter the theater, which remains dark.  Joan the nurse tells the tour guide to also go in, and the narrator hangs back awhile.) Joan: Go ahead in. I’ll stay with my patient.Anyway, this is a family…See More
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Travelling back in time on a Flat Rock roadby Rob Neufeld             If you walk the one mile length of North Highland Lake Road in Flat Rock, you step nearly 200 years into the past.            At the east end, the 21st century reigns.  Fronting six-lane Spartanburg Highway, a super-Ingles sits above a bog; and a CVS store faces an Octopus Garden smoke shop, a chiropractor, a cell phone provider, and a six-lane avenue to I-26 a mile away .            Neither Ingles nor CVS carries the big…See More
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The Triple Whammy

The Triple Whammy

(Part of Living Poem

 

I’m sinking sooner than I expected.

My fine ideas will finally get tested.

For instance, composing this record

Of my journey, my method

Of turning straw into gold.

 

Will I get this message to myself

When my courage fails and the worst

Prevails?  “Self, read this verse.

Does it actually work, spinning hurts

Into wonders to behold?”

 

It does, as long as my fingers work.

Because the next step is voice recognition or a clerk.

Therefore, top priority is my need

To fight the fight, which means

Latching onto a medical test.

 

I missed out on ibudilast, a secret

Molecule that calms, heals, and cleans.

I’d read about it in an ALS feed

And called the clinic, short of the speed

Needed to nab a spot that might exist.

 

So now it’s time, poetry fans,

To sing an alternative, the NurOwn brand.

I’m sitting in my chair, comfy, you understand,

Not yet stumped by useless hands,

Entertaining the theater of the mundane.

 

Scientists have tapped bone marrow cells

That are so unformed, they’re not themselves;

And put them in a cup to copy several

Growth-inducing proteins—what a steal!

Deal me in, doc!  Open my lane.

 

“What topics might interest the new girl?”

A boy asks.  “Love, family, philosophy” says his school pal.

“Do you love noodles?” the boy woos the schoolgirl. 

“I do, yes.”  “Does your brother?”  “I’ve none,” she rues.

 “If you had,” the boy muses, “would he love noodles?”

 

This is just to say I respect the three-topic tip.

Sometimes you have to change frames to slip

Out of a topic trap.  I’m just talking shit,

Killing time, waiting for something legitimate

To claim the lazy space in my noodle.

 

I’m cool with floodgate-regulating taboos

Against obsessive topics that spoil moods

And take over with brooding truths.

I don’t underestimate the power of voodoo

Or the need for buffers in the brain.

 

Which brings us back to the microscope.

You all find these details fascinating, I hope?

Vast rafts of molecular nodules float

In the body’s miasma, including those

At gates; and in neurons, making energy packs.

 

Something is hindering the transmission

Of neural impulses to muscle contractions,

And the roster of parties involved in the action

Is a riotous mob of perps and policemen

All complicit in the attacks.

 

Let me take a break from the story to say

I got confirmation at CarePartners today,

My quads, gluts, and left ankle, they’ve

Weakened, which calls into question the rate

Of my ALS progression.

 

I see people I’ll hurt by my departure.

That’s the worst feature of the monster.

What can I do, loved ones, to make up for

The broken promise, the lost ardor

Of a dreamed next generation together?

 

And now look what intrudes, news

That the trials for NurOwn excludes

Folks over 60.  Blink.  Now what do I do?

Will the gossips across the street please move

Indoors so I can think better?

 

Rational thinking must reject delusional.

The path now is to wait for a year or two,

And do what in the meantime?  Riluzole?

I’d like to stop thinking about this for a while,

But I’m back re-enacting Lorenzo’s oil.

 

And facing dependency.  Hallelujah, all!

Hey, Rob, remember that principle

You posted, about turning straw to gold?

Yes.  Well, it’s time to do your magic, bro,

Brighten the mortal coil.

--Rob Neufeld

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