ballad of a body in decline

once when i was capable
i could walk all day
start out at the ferry
and gladly make my way
home to 84th street
and then play double dutch
once i was unbreakable
once when i was capable
now it hurts
too
much
pain pain go away
i’d rather have it rain today
i’d rather have a baby
elephant or maybe
octopus or porcupine
rather than this pain of mine
that can’t be found
on radar screens
or noisy MRI machines
oh
oh
oh
replace my
endo outdoor-skeleton
or please release me
let me go

skull2
~~~~~
© 2015 & 2017 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by the amazing, inimitable,  siddiebowtie – seriously, check out her site!
created for the Daily prompt – capable
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5 thoughts on “ballad of a body in decline

  1. This is- as usual- so well done. You have a way of describing complicated feelings and situations in such a clear, concise manner. I’m honoured to see an illustration of mine alongside your words 🙂

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