Body or Mind

Does the body obey the mind
Or is it the other way around?
The reason I ask
Is that I have found
That the imperceptible nature of the body
Resists my wishes,
Takes control,
Obstinately refusing,
I’m loosing capability;
Movement restricted
In all directions;
It questions,
How can I go on,
Defeated before I begin.
What joy is there in living
With a body worn sore,
Aching to do more
But with a brain sending messages
I can’t explain,
And so …
Other people assume they know.

They have no idea.
What’s clear
To me,
My body’s broken
And my mind lives in fear.

Used by permission of the author.

Jennifer Yates

Jennifer lives in Crowborough, East Sussex, UK. She is an Open University Masters graduate and a former NHS manager working ...more