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
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© 2015 & 2017 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by the amazing, inimitable,  siddiebowtie – seriously, check out her site!
created for the Daily prompt – capable

to the sky

soap-bubblesto flow
to float
to the sky
to the sky
to bend
unhinged
free
to pretend
no pain
to forget
your name
to flow
to float
to the sky

when our bodies fail us
when all we have is thought
no hands to write
no mouth to speak
no feet to even walk
when we’re sealed
inside our heads
are we nearly dead?
or are we newly budding,
blooming branches stretching further
than our old physical selves
could have ever hoped to go?

soap-bubblesto flow
to float
to the sky
to the sky
to bend
unhinged
free
to pretend
no pain
to forget
your name
to flow
to float
to the sky

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© 2015 kStan(ly) Lanning
Daily Prompt – sky
Daily Prompt – pretend
photo by pinacol, courtesy pixabay.com
here’s an amazing woman’s incredible story
of her near-death experience