“A poem is the very image of life expressed in its eternal truth.”
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

A Bare Truth


The social landscape
increasingly thinned and pruned
risks looking barren.

Physical hardship
overwhelms our intentions
to remain social.

Loneliness creeps in
stealthy and unforgiving.
Sadness may join in.


Muffie said...

Just keep remembering that smile of which you spoke last week. Even if you have to paste it in place at times, it somehow seeps through. Just go out, be around people, make the smile real. Don't start the downward spiral into the big D!

Judy at Peace Be With You said...

I'm going to pre-empt my usual wait until comments are all in before I respond. Muff is right that a smile can help pull us out of some bad spots. This post, as is true of all my posts, may or may not reflect the state of my life currently. This is one post that is more reflective of MS challenges in general rather than my situation in particular. I am not depressed though I am undergoing some major challenges in my life currently. And, yes, Muff is right, Smiling through those challenges helps me get through. It still remains true, however, that the arrival of MS has important consequences for our social interaction, which is what I was addressing here.

Gail said...

Hi Judy - it is when it is the darkest that the stars shine the brightest. I have to remember this especially as I heal from my teeth event and feel more isolated with the process. So much to manage. Sigh.I have had a fe good cries but dare I say way more laughs at the comedy of adjustments to dentures. Endless! :-)
Love to you always

Judy at Peace Be With You said...

Muff, that smile, pasted on though it might be, is what carries me through.

Gail, I'm so sorry you are going through this difficult adjustment. Since my mother lost hers, it has also been a fear of mine that the same thing would happen to me. Should that ever happen, thank you for being an example to follow. Blessings to you.

As for my own isolation, yes, MS is definitely isolating. I am grateful for the many friends who have shown up to people my world, including Muff and Gail.

Anonymous said...

Once George got MS, and became very debilitated, he would say, "out of sight, out of mind". I didn't want to believe this comment because I do not live this way and neither did he. But, the truth was that few people stayed in touch with him, even those who were family. MS or any chronic disease does isolate one because people do not understand the physical losses that stop interaction.
Today, while I believe every day is mother's day when one is a mother, I miss hearing from George more than I can say.
The MS world becomes small, but the few that stay connected are precious and true.
Know that we few are with you in spirit.

Judy at Peace Be With You said...

Hilda, yes, MS can make people be cruelly dismissive. When such a good person as George should still suffer the loss of friends and family just proves the point. I try to be compassionate and understand that they are being forced to confront their own fears, but still it is hard to be on the receiving end of rejection and shunning. Thank goodness George still had you.