jerry hughes

Veteran Poet - 1,327 Points (January 4,1931 / a citizen of the world)

Aftermath Of A Stroke - Poem by jerry hughes

The sense of loss
can't be explained.
It's as though half
of you says 'let's do
it', the other half says,
'you know you cant'.


Comments about Aftermath Of A Stroke by jerry hughes

  • Gold Star - 7,668 Points Bri Edwards (11/18/2014 11:31:00 PM)

    short and not so sweet! i think i detect one small sort of flip-flop, to try quoting your bio section about spelling mistakes.

    the way you feel after the stroke (if it really is you in the poem) is like my marriage feels sometimes. i may say to my wife, while we are in bed, let's do it, and she says you know you can't. : ( bri

    thanks for sharing. i hope you are still alive to read this or i will have wasted the last four minutes (or more) of my life! (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie S. A. S. (7/23/2013 7:01:00 AM)

    My brother had a stroke and they told him he would never drive again. He was driving in a couple of months once home from the hospital. If this is from personal experience, I hope you've had the same success that he has. He has a slight limp. He says he has slight speech impairment, but I don't hear it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 70 Points Indira Babbellapati (7/6/2012 11:17:00 PM)

    so much in so few words! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 70 Points Indira Babbellapati (7/6/2012 11:17:00 PM)

    so much in so few words! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie William F Dougherty (4/24/2012 1:23:00 PM)

    Honor to those who fight the good fight. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,148 Points Marieta Maglas (6/8/2010 4:42:00 PM)

    This poem is very well penned and so beautiful. Great choice of words and a very unique writing style. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Stacey Watts (11/7/2009 7:06:00 PM)

    This is such a scary ordeal to go through. I have never had a stroke but I did have bells palsy. I know it was temporary but side of face was paralyzed. It was very hard to smile. Very well written. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sandra Martyres (10/20/2009 9:04:00 AM)

    You paint a very realistic picture here of the aftermath of a stroke....My Aunt suffered one and she was exactly as you describe it... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 5 Points Callie Carroll (8/24/2009 9:35:00 PM)

    Explained it perfectly. My dad has been, three years, paralyzed on one side. I see the desire to do in his eyes. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Tina Mathurin (6/3/2009 2:41:00 PM)

    caged within a boned frame,
    I WILL you better
    An active mind
    Must always remain.

    Kind thoughts..... Tina (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Shekhar Joshi (5/9/2009 3:57:00 PM)

    u explained beautifully, the sense of true loss.
    excellent...... (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,327 Points Jerry Hughes (12/6/2008 1:10:00 AM)

    A belated thanks to all of you for your words of encouragement, Jerry (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Karin Anderson (sorry can't vote or comment) . (11/24/2008 7:10:00 PM)

    Don't ever let the aftermath of a stroke let you stop writing Jerry. Even if it's only in your head. We live in fear my husband may have another one. The merry-go-round of medication stops it......we can only hope! Karin Anderson (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Cheryl Lynn Moyer-peele (11/9/2008 12:31:00 AM)

    Jerry -

    Disabilities always seem to make us stronger in another way.

    It is past midnight here in Montgomery, Alabama. If you are still awake check out my new poem, 'A Little Blue Shell' and tell me what you think.

    Thank you -

    Cheryl (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Michael Shepherd (9/11/2008 4:22:00 AM)

    Succinct and to the point as always, Jerry..
    Aren't we all in the same 'game of two halves' to some extent?
    Best wishes to you and your better half..
    Michael (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Katharine O'Neal (9/5/2008 11:05:00 PM)

    The shortness of this poem and the first line are especially striking. the division of the self into halves and the fact that the negative half that says you can't has the final word makes the idea of the aftermath of a stroke seem especially sad to me. If you've had one, then I'm awfully sorry to hear it and agree with Linda that we're happy to see you here (or at least half here)
    ~Katharine (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 145 Points Nimal Dunuhinga (9/4/2008 7:01:00 PM)

    'Stroke' is a sad word indeed..........anyway it's very happy to see you again in the site. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 43 Points Linda Ori (9/2/2008 12:06:00 AM)

    Perfectly put to words, Jer. Once you get the two halves working together, look out world! My halves don't always cooperate, but I have no excuse - lol! Keep on keepin' on - we love to see you here (or half here) .
    Hugs,
    Linda :) xxx (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - -1 Points Ivan Donn Carswell (9/1/2008 9:26:00 PM)

    The worst bit is knowing its there but being unable to access it. On the other hand - the one that doesn't dither, you know you'll get to it eventually. Hang in there Jezza! Rgds, Ivan (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Alison Cassidy (9/1/2008 9:01:00 PM)

    You give the reader the kernel of your idea with a minimum of words and a maximum of impact. You are a fine poet and a brave one. Welcome back, my love. Allie ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, September 1, 2008

Poem Edited: Monday, September 1, 2008


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