A Slow Walk. Back.



All systems go.
Light gushes in and warms.

The day was crisp and bright, the atmosphere quivering with life.”


Morning shower – a slow bend to soap.
A twinge in the lower left back.
A punch in the stomach. A kick in the…
Hands stretch to reach for the wall.
Cannot straighten. Will not straighten.

“Ash, bits of bone, a handful of sand”


Shifting and shifting and shifting on train seat.
I stand and let the up escalator work – can’t take the jarring from the stairs.
I ease up and down from curbs as I cross-town.
I shift my briefcase from left to right to left hand to transfer weight.
A slow walk, yet breathless. Sweat beads on my forehead.
A low throbbing migraine. Knee bone connected to…
Rain falls, a light mist, cooling.

“We are wooed, then mocked, plagued like Amfortas, King of the Grail Knights, by a wound refusing to heal.”


Sitting. Hour after hour in meetings. It’s killing you.
I stand. Vertigo. And pause before walking.
Home and early to bed.
Medicated. Floating. Body under governance of Aleve.

“We lay our flowers but cannot sleep”


2:49 am.
Awake.  And staring at the ceiling.

“The quiescence of organic material waiting”

I hold my breath, and slide gently out of bed.
What’s it going to be? Please. Please be right.
I take the first step.

“He savors his one joy, a cold pint of miruku that moves through his system like a transfusion of milky corpuscles.”




  1. Oh pal, you write so beautifully, but I hate to hear of your pain. Sounds a bit like sciatica to me, and THAT is no fun. Glad that you’re feeling better (though sad that you discovered this at 2:49 a.m. 😞 Wishing you an easy glide into the weekend!

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  2. a quick reminder of how human we are. the cyborg thing just isn’t working –

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  3. Our fickle flesh, clutching our attention by the throat. We have no choice until it decides to let go.

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  4. We have no choice but to pay attention. Be well, David.

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  5. So well written – I only wish that your muse in this instance had not shown up. Hope you are well.

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  6. Peggy Farrell says:

    Hope you plan to take it easy this weekend.

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  7. That sounded very uncomfortable. We all felt your pain. Great writing. Glad it has shifted, it makes us appreciate good health.

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  8. I’m glad you’re better now. Pain, day after day is a real…. hmm, unpleasantry. I hope it doesn’t return. Great writing David.

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  9. Really good stuff. Glad to hear you have savored your miruku!

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  10. Those days make us appreciate the other days the more. The miracle of everything functioning as intended. The birds’ song. Excellent writing, David. And happy you are feeling better.

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  11. OMG…I think we were all in pain there for a bit. Stay well, David!

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  12. Pains come to teach us that you are not paying attention to where you should. Thanks God you are healed but had to go through it whole week? Have a nice time.

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