The Body

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That day I dreadfully discovered

that my right shoulder

had a mind of its own-

I was amazed at its ill will-

even its whisper was painful to bear-

I couldn’t say, “How dare…….”

I have to put up with

all its mischief, for the time being-

my mind is an angel…

I watch how, like a loving mother,

it makes the sick baby

do all the stretching-

the baby won’t budge

at the time of towel stretch-

but the stern mind is ever so patient,

takes its time

and then makes the babe do its job…

that the devil sloth

doesn’t appear and gobble up the mind

is my only prayer now-

 

Posted for my prompt @ Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Poetry about the Body

 

 

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12 thoughts on “The Body

  1. Your right shoulder has a mind of its own – so do my knees! So true the lines:
    ‘even its whisper was painful to bear’
    and
    ‘…the stern mind is ever so patient,
    takes its time’.

  2. It won’t, it won’t! i pray the same for me! I laughed for a second at ” my right shoulder
    had a mind of its own” before catching my breath. It IS the mind that is our angel prompting us to find the giving soul of our muscles again! I LOVE this poem.

  3. Oh dear.. I so completely feel every bit of this .. though it is my left shoulder instead of the right. It has a mind of its own for sure and also heavy hands that press down and inflict such evil!!

  4. Your words certainly resonate Sumana – tis my knees and hips that dare to offend.
    Your close is my prayer too, I would hate that devil sloth to gobble my mind.
    Anna :o]

  5. This is so incredibly evocative, Sumana. I can feel the pain and strength in this especially; “I watch how, like a loving mother, it makes the sick baby do all the stretching”.. Beautifully penned.

  6. Confidence and hope are a great help when the body plays up however I wan’t too pleased when my own specialist advised me the pains I was experiencing would only get worse! We fight our own battles as best we can.

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