Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Physical Therapy


Shift your weight,
she says, to the left,
breathe deeply
to lift the right;
my brain laughs
at the novelty
until I laugh back.
Focus. Left. Focus.
Re-teach the brain.
Re-learn, brain,
counterintuitive
as it is. Lean into
the pain, she says,
place the weight
on the pain. Don’t
fight it; move into it.
Surprised, the pain
complies.

This poem is submitted for One Shot Wednesday hosted by One Stop Poetry. To see more submitted poems, please visit One Stop Poetry. The links will be live at 4 p.m. Central time today.

19 comments:

Louise Gallagher said...

Ouch!

Good one Glynn.

Maureen said...

I totally identify.

Michael Dodaro said...

As I'm sure they've told you, backaches do go away. You'll be back on your bike in a few days.

Brian Miller said...

on one level this hurts on another there is relief...i hear you...crushed both legs at 16 and had to go through PT...not a lot of fun at times...

Pat Hatt said...

No aches and pains yet, but this doesn't sound fun, although when relief comes can go back to fun.

cianphelan said...

That...does not sound pleasant at all. Very thankful for health...reminds me of my brother, though. He's going through physical therapy himself at the moment, following surgery on his back...

poemblaze said...

This is a fine little poem. I love the use of common phrases and working them into a rhythm, The ending works perfectly.

Libby said...

Love this, seems like a poetic diary of your pain and treatment. Libby @Libbypoetry

ayala said...

It is a gift to turn poetry from moments like these...and you have the gift!

Elizabeth Young said...

Don't ever go into labour Glenn! LOL A good write here.

Ben Langhinrchs said...

It is all too easy to feel the pain. Ugh, I keep having to wiggle my toes to be sure they won't hurt.

Good poem.

CM said...

Oh nice write, I could actually FEEL this one! Totally been there too. Hang in there, it will get better :-)

Joseph Hesch said...

So many use poetry to write away their emotional pain. In a clever piece of verse, you appear to have written away physical pain, as well. Well done, Glynn!

Patricia said...

Glad you are getting some help. Your descriptions actually had me lifting mine... haha. Pain complies when we stop fearing it too. Thank God for PTs. Continued blessings of healing.

Jerry said...

counterintuitive...says it all.

C Rose said...

It seems an odd concept but moving to the pain is a beautiful expression of the way our body heals. Great write ~ Rose

arspoetica said...

concrete,yet more than concrete, and a perfect ending :)

Megan Willome said...

Exquisite description.

Praying you get better soon.

Ann Grenier said...

An encouraging poem Glynn. Lean into the pain , and create poetry---