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At Ease

Words never came easy to me

now I drink these words with a gulping familiarity, a familiarity

that soothes my throat with pleasure

frees my throat from this steel prison of silence.

How easy it appears to my starving unsatisfied soul

to pick up this glass full of language, full of words

and feel it glide like a cool river through my esophagus.

The wild well of pained/buckets full

of crap, releases like a snap snap/surging

fluently to the surface

it reveals itself

as if it were always there, waiting

waiting to speak. How easy it appears

from time to time the steel snap snaps!

and there you are

free, familiarity; facing directly

surly you speak, words surely familiar rise,

soothing my throat with peace

how easy it comes to be – 

at ease.

© [Jeanette Shihadeh] and [thepainterspalate.wordpress.com], [2012]. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material, artwork, or photo’s without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to [Jeanette Shihadeh] and [thepainterspalate.wordpress.com] with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


An Exercise in Discipline

It just occurred to me that this, the name
of 20 Lines, is so like me right now.
My weak, infected respiratory frame
wants exercise and discipline. Allow

me once again to freely breathe and sleep,
and give me oxygen to flow around.
You know that I detest how I must creep
through hours, afraid that coughing will abound.

I’d rather eat and drink as once I did,
and go to lunch with friends or have the strength
to lift a book. All normal acts have hid
behind the hacking that for two weeks’ length

has burdened me. Give me the house to clean,
a fun time with my little ones, the class
in which I volunteer. Illness is mean.
When will my voice ring sonorous as brass?

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