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Ode to Parkinsonism
by Tony Channing

Monday, February 21, 2005
Rated "G" by the Author.
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An ode to all those suffering this awful disease, my Father and Mother both suffered

Come on legs do as I say
 

Don’t wander off your own sweet way
 

I want to go forward to get to the door
 

But you want to shuffle and shuffle some more
 

 
 

Talking about mind over matter
 

I always used to incessantly natter
 

Now my mouth is stiff and hollow
 

I find it difficult to even swallow
 

 
 

My hands have an involuntary shake
 

Every hour that I’m awake
 

Feeding me is almost impossible
 

When they try, I frequently dribble
 

 
 

My children come to see me, but don’t know what to say
 

So, they chat about all sorts and then they go away
 

Leaving me frustrated to face it on my own
 

God, I wish Parkinson’s would leave me alone
 

 
 

This disease has become a bane
 

But I’ll try to walk again
 

Try again to get to the door
 

Whilst my feet shuffle and shuffle some more
 

 
 

 
 

© Tony Channing 2005
 

 

 

 

 

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Reviewed by Michelle Mills 3/12/2005
My Grandmother has Parkinson's. She's managed to hang on for several decades but it's been a very big struggle in recent years. This is a very dignified write. I agree with Nordette. Bless you. Michelle
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 2/22/2005
well done
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 2/21/2005
A stunning write. Powerful, graceful in its penning. Dignified. Just masterfully done. Did I say I like it?
Reviewed by E T Waldron 2/21/2005
I salute you for your determination! No illness is easy in life, some, like what you have is harder than others, but it all takes perseverence and a willingness to keep on keeping on, no matter what anyone else says or does, just so we cna be at peace with ourselves. I suffer from a differnt illness, but it all comes down to what we choose to do about it. I'm glad you have chosen to do your best... Thanks for sharing. Eileen
Reviewed by Sue Hess 2/21/2005
i guess this is a good lesson to children, we need to spend more time with our elderly and sick parents or friends, maybe we can give them some peace
Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 2/21/2005
I often worked with the residents in the nursing home that suffered from Parkinson's and found that they would get very frustrated at this disease but then they would come back and really inspire me. This is a well written poem about this disease.
Reviewed by Linda Hill 2/21/2005
This is powerful Tony...
With your compassionate heart you have shown us what its like to have Parkinson's disease. I used to be a nursing assistant and have seen the effects. Thank you for this awesome write.

~Linda



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