Incurable

by Miki Byrne

 

If drawn on paper,
an incurable condition
would be an oval,
bisected by a horizontal line.
This line illustrates
the continuum, a daily slog
of managing: drugs, exercise,
avoidance of triggers.
Basic maintenance
of each day’s regime.
The loop is the cycle: the leap
and fall of symptoms.
Hopeful sending of samples,
lift and plummet
of results.
Treatment continually repeated
to only hold at bay
what fights to be consuming.
This shape moulds lives.
So many live within its constricts.
Bent into unnatural forms,
that do not fit
the symmetry of life.

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MIKI BYRNE

Miki has had two poetry collections and a pamphlet published plus had work included in over 200 poetry magazines/anthologies. She has read on Radio and TV. She also ran a poetry writing group at The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury. Miki is disabled and now lives near Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, UK.