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The Shadow of a Stroke

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The Shadow of a Stroke

For all the damages
there was no pain 
but for the thought,
I am the person that I was,
and knowing that I'm not....
A Wanna Be, dog-paddling
on the surface of my intellect 
and decked in silence
just to play it safe.

It is a confraternity I viewed       
from just a step above,
or so I thought.  But now
I need not think at all.
I'm told that I can get it back.
But suddenly I'm old.
There seems to be
a niche for me upon a field
of reminiscences but please,
not yet;
grant me a plow, 
a whirlwind or two,
and just a touch of irony
to force a reach just past demise
into the endless now.

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  1. Date: 4/22/2013 1:18:00 AM
    Age is a terrible spector and comes so quickly upon us. I am enjoying the diversity of your writing And your masterful free verse style. SuZ