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Shadow & Light: The Voice of CFIDS

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    Shadow & Light: The Voice of CFIDS

    Here's one of my poems which was published in the above booklet edited by Tara Allen, copyright 1993. I believe it was distributed as part of a fund-raising campaign.

    On a Bad Day You Can't See Far

    I feel almost as strong
    As a dry Autumn Leaf
    In a windstorm
    With brushfire starting.
    Feather light
    Barely able to withstand
    A breath
    A kiss
    A whisper of a touch.
    Did you know
    My arms can float on air,
    Sometimes my legs, too?
    But then my feet encounter problems
    With engaging the earth,
    The ground not walked on
    The drive not driven
    The song unsung.
    The tears want to cry
    But my eye sockets are empty
    The weight of tears would be too great,
    The wracking of shoulders too throbbing,
    The sobs too draining,
    When there is nothing left to drain.
    The steam beds are dry,
    Pretty pebbles only remain.
    No gurgling brook
    No laughing tinkle of flowing silver
    No sparkling highlights on miniature waves
    Only empty.
    Not even fear,
    Maybe mild remorse
    For life half-lived,
    And opportunities to savor
    Passed by regretfully
    Due to unending exhaustion,
    Scarcely even sparing
    The will to live.

    Sherri Lipcius
    My Life Menu: CFS probably since birth, full flavored since the 80s, with Fibromyalgia, Major Depression with a side order of Anxiety and Agoraphobia sauce, Restless Leg Syndrome with spicy Other Sleep Disorders, 11 Eye Surgeries, a generous helping of Gut Problems