Cold Shoulder

Last Tuesday I entered Mayo Clinic to have a brand new Titanium Reverse Ball and Socket installed in my shoulder. Wednesday afternoon my wife drove me home as I drifted from one opioid-induced dream to another. By Saturday I began weaning myself off the pain medication and grudgingly acknowledged to myself that some pain is good. Today one day after watching the greatest Minnesota Viking win in all of history, I am feeling OK. My shoulder hurts and I can’t really use my arm yet, but tomorrow begins the start of physical therapy and it will begin to get better.

For me, opioids provided a way to manage the pain involved with a transplant. It was administered by a team of specialists who were well aware of the addictive qualities of the prescribed pain relief.

Unfortunately, not everyone was as well counseled. Millions of patients were exploited by an industry that cared more about profits than an oath to “Do no harm”.

I would love to see those greedy SOBs dragged through the streets of the cities they’ve ruined!

Rewrites

With four separate corrections to my Nightscape Post today involving missing words, incorrect tenses, and forgotten titles, I believe I am losing the battle with my aphasia and dyslexia. Last week, I only managed to do one post and I discovered it was filled with multiple errors. This is so disturbing to think I wrote things only to find that it was not what I thought.

This morning at my coffee group I had to stop four-times during one sentence to ask for help in finding a word. It is embarrassing to find my speaking and writing skills blocking my thoughts and stories.

If you read my posts and notice errors and omissions, please forgive me -I am doing the best I can.

CJ Holm

Nightscape

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Textured PickPik Forest Image Source Image

Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge 278 Vapor / Howl

Grey twilight vapors
drift on twisted woodland trails
-Black howls at night

Anxious souls hunt for refuge
Pounding hearts seek night’s cover

                                                -CJ Holm

Haiku/Senryu Challenge (11/4/19)

https://ronovanwrites.com/2019/11/04/weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-2/

Journey

Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge 277 River / Path

Constable, John; Flatford Lock, A Path by a River

Flatford Lock, A Path by a River, ca. 1810-1812. John Constable – Royal Academy of Art

A melodic path
twists and turns above the flow
-River’s brave descant

Journey’s harmonic partner
following life’s ancient course

-CJ Holm

Haiku/Senryu/Tanka Challenge (10/28/19)

 

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https://ronovanwrites.com/2019/10/28/haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge/