National Poetry Day

It’s apparently National/World Poetry Day so here’s a poem I wrote early this morning. (3rd draft)


There’s nothing essential about it

I could happily live without it.

The consultant said “good news”

“It’s not Parkinson’s. So you choose

Meds, or live with for now

I chose to live with it, somehow

Compensating for the shaking,

Things dropped, sometimes breaking.

There’s nothing essential about it

I could happily live without it.

The consultant said “it’s an essential tremor,

No one know why but it won’t get better

Are  you left handed? No? A bit

Of good luck, the right is still fit

So it won’t interfere much.”

It won’t interfere much

As I settle for half a cup

of coffee, because the rest was dropped

As I carried drink and sandwich to

The table to eat. What to do?

Make two trips or make it a joke

I need to be able to poke

Fun at myself and this unessential essential tremor

There’s nothing essential and it won’t get better.

Today my right hand was shaking when I woke up.

Author: missionerpete

i an the Pioneer Connexion Missioner for The Meon Valley Methodist Circuit. Also husband, father and artist though not always in that order.

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