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May the Force be with me

A metal piece inside the chest

Remembers faulty rhythms

Within the heart’s unquiet rest

I think of embolisms

The days of cruel and crushing weight

They once did come but rarely

But now, upon this latter date

They savage me unfairly

The sleeping drugs I’ve much abused

In fear of something worse

Now far too many have I used

My nervousness to nurse

With aging body’s pains and ills

Imagined or ingrained

The shame of multicoloured pills

Has sorrowfully remained

Things that have been diagnosed

With tests and suppositions

Would be enough to challenge most

and feed their superstitions

So here and now I need the will

The spirit strong enough

Get out of bed, get off the pill

And show I have the stuff.

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Lee Dunn has been writing since the age of 18, but found that work got in the way for the ensuing 48 years. In his home town of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, he reveled in his independence at an early age, and spent as much time as he could exploring the city’s Arts scene. He was introduced to poetry and prose by the works of two literary giants, namely J.R.R. Tolkien and J.W. Lennon and thence fell in love with the written word. His work includes poetry, short fiction, and personal essays, and ranges in theme from the surreal to the horrific, nostalgic, and themes on the human condition. He has been published on Spillwords.com, The Dark Poets Club, Journal of Undiscovered Poets, Crepe & Penn Literary magazine, and the Shelburne Free Press.

3 thoughts on “May the Force be with me Leave a comment

  1. I don’t know if this reads packed with determination, or maybe an emotional resignation as heavy as the physical burdens our age can bestow upon us. Either way: This resonates very much with me, and the determination in the last line is a great way to close off the thoughts.

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    • Thanks for reading and for your comments. I was just reflecting on a battle with depression, addiction, and an uncooperative body. Having enough grit to “force” oneself to strive for a better life is the question.

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