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The Inside Out Prison
by D.J. Ludlow

Tuesday, July 08, 2003
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(This poem was written not long after my being diagnosed with severe Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) in 1996. For those unfamiliar with MCS and who haven't visited my 'Island Place' website it is also known, in its more severe form (like mine) as being allergic to the 21st Century. Exposure to the minutest amounts of of a wide range of modern manmade chemicals will trigger severe and sometimes quite violent, debilitating and disabling, and potentially damaging reactions. People with MCS (and there are a huge many of us) are effectively shut OUT of the modern world. It is a highly toxic place in which they cannot long survive.

The picture you see allows you to see the world as you see it (top) and through my eyes (bottom), damaged by the chemicals which gave me MCS. I have better days but it is never as it use to be. Eyesight problems like this are common among MCS'ers.

There is no cure for MCS. As far as they can tell the damage that causes MCS is irreversable.)


If you should glance outside your door
You may chance to see me pass.
Walking the lonely fields of my cell,
With its ceiling of blue and carpet of grass.

If you should venture out this way
You may visit me in my prison.
With its gossamer walls and vaporous guards,
Deadly warders just beyond your vision.

You are free to come and to go,
To visit, or not, as you will.
While I must stay beyond your door,
Captive to the vapours that kill.

For I am in, or I am out,
The Inside Out Prison of mist,
That stealthily stalks your corridors
Bringing woe to those it has kissed.

But the Inside Out Prison has many cells,
With prisoners to numerous to list.
And here we must stand calling to you,
For those in the grave can't warn of the mist.

And so I pace the fields of my cell,
With its ceiling of blue and carpet of grass.
But I thank my Lord that I can still walk
And weep for those that fall to the gas.
D.J. Ludlow Copyright 1997

(From the "Life Lines" Anthology)

"Life Lines" Anthology available from Evergreen Books
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Reviewed by Jackie Brooks 8/23/2003
I too had never heard of MCS before, we take things like fly sprays, room fresheners etc. for granted, never thinking they could be dangerous to our health. It is quite frightening. Jackie <> <
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 7/9/2003
(((d.j.)))

powerful, informative write--i've heard of this

it's becoming more and more prevalent as unknown chemicals are being put in the atmosphere...in our foods...and water...no wonder people are getting sick...and many more have died from it

(((God help us all))) what we've done to our precious natural resources...now they're exacting revenge

stay strong, d.j...i'll be praying for you

((((HUGS)))) and love,

karla. :(
Reviewed by jude forese 7/8/2003
very informative with a powerfully written poem...
Reviewed by Nicole Davis Vergara (Reader) 7/8/2003
{{{DJ}}}
I have heard of MCS, and this piece speaks of it's debillitation to those inflicted with a most powerful voice...if only the rest of the world would take the time to listen!!!!
((((Hugs))))
~Nikki~
Reviewed by Heather Bricklin (Reader) 7/8/2003
I have heard of this and, sadly, there will be more people allergic to the 22nd century than there are to the 21st...unless D.J. and others like him have the courage to warn us...

...and we have the brains to listen...

I hope you have a fabulous computer and a very fast connection, D.J., and Medicaid should be picking up the bill even though it isn't.

Thank you for sharing this.
Reviewed by Linda Hill 7/8/2003
Powerful write D.J.
I am sure it is like
living in a prison.
I feel for you.

((Huggs))
~~Linda~~
Reviewed by D.J. Ludlow 7/8/2003
The really sad thing is May Lu it didn't take a war to do this to me - just the pesticides they used in the offices where I worked.

Regards
DJ
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 7/8/2003
This is really sad. I haven't heard of this disease before, but I guess anything can happen with all these wars going on.

Good luck in your healing process!

May Lu a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o(
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