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Sunday, March 13, 2016

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No proper training
That's what's lacking
Early on when I was petite
Nobody cared
Nobody guessed bones drooped
So I walked and walked
Shoulders bent eyes glued
to the ground
this was how it began
how could have I known?
Healthy living dictates:
stretch. stretch. stretch.
sit upright. walk straight
do not bend
care for your body
mind how you move and groove
to be looked at you have to prove
carry yourself well so world approve
treat your body as a baby
nourish it with love and care
I love my body
I love my mind more
what happened then?
Oh, was I telling a story?
and then, I couldn't give up my true calling
which often requires much, much bending
which goes against rules of grooming
yourself
to feel good. to look good
to live good if you would
I keep my mind fit
washing clothes!
exercising in another form
cleansing in its higher norm
hasn't stopped doing wonders
inside of me you can't see it
for the last thirty or so years
I wash cloth
all smiles I face the next day
telling the world yesterday's hurt
has been ebbed away
oozed out of me it did
these two things
not walking straight
bending for hours washing
damaged my bones.
let me explain
when am down
when I frown
when I groan
one thing, one thing only
is a cure
to procure my sanity
here is what you do for me
get me water in abundance
all the washing materials
linger about or go away
if you may
I have to get rid of the hurt
all the disappointment
washing is my instrument
detoxification is under way!
didn't stop till this day
time out! doctors found out
you can't engage in this physical exercise
you will bring about your early demise
or something like it
they examined the bones
they considered the ropes
what does it mean?
what are you saying?
are you really denying?
my method of cleansing?
it may not be scientific
take it from me
it is really terrific
the final say wasn't mine
doctors ordered
give up your method of cleansing
change of life style is required
you don't want to be confined
to bed for the rest of your life
do you? we dare you
go through this and that treatment
in the meantime
no more washing
no more bending
listen up, doctors!
are you kidding?










March 13,2016
emebet mesfin
Topic(s) of this poem: bones
POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
Washing clothes is therapeutic for me but I suffer from lower back pain. I was ordered by doctors to stop washing. I could not.
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COMMENTS
Dev Anand 15 March 2016
I love my body I love my mind more what happened then? i have to get rid of the hate and the sense of disappointment.... very fine poem with so much of wisdom. dev
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