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Same dragon, different day.

Before rheuma

Hands quick

Hands dexterous

Skilled and sure, right-brain

for left hand, left-brain for right.

Hands grasp

Hands pull

Strong and stout, trusty

Confident, thoughtless

Heedless.

After rheuma

Hands dull

Hands ungraceful

Skill made moot, in pain

made cautious, hesitant touch

Hands ache

Hands grieve

Weak and thin, brittle

Unflexible, careful

Thoughtful.

5 thoughts on “Transformation

  1. Doctor D says:

    Beautiful combination of medical reality and artistic transcendence! With a mind as transformative as yours I’m sure that RA won’t ever overcome you Wren.

    This poem is an excellent informative piece for people (and doctors who only sometimes qualify as people) to really “feel” the experience of RA.

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  2. amandajohn says:

    Beautiful! I thought it was interesting that the last word you used was thoughtful- it made me think about how, with RA, we have to be more cautious with what we’re doing and in that, we’re more present in what we’re doing.

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  3. WarmSocks says:

    Wow! You write very well.

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  4. I especially like “hands ache, hands grieve.” Makes me want to use those lines in a song.

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  5. tharr says:

    Looks like you were following me around at work this week, I dropped everything I tried to pick up. Excellent post.

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