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Posted by : cj on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 05:56 PM
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American Open Mike:  New American Voices .

** Megan D. Jones **


My MS

My eyes no longer see as they once did.
The shades of colors muted,
The crisp clarity blurred.
My hand no longer reliable as it once was.
What used to be a source of creativity
Now only trembles.
My legs, once a source of great power
Now weakened and
My gait no longer steady.
Drawing, soccer, independence, a sense of pride
All stolen, taken from me quickly
By one singular thing
In one singular moment.
Multiple Sclerosis-
A cruel act of nature.
But I do not cower in its presence
I do not quit and let it win.
Instead I search within myself for strength
And the will to fight another day.
I ride the storm.
I plant my feet in the quicksand of disease
In hopes of finding solid ground.
This monster within me
Will not be my downfall.


The Gardener

I see her among the daisies
Weeding out distractions
from her garden of color.

On hands and knees
She loosens the soil
with her trowel.

Each plant knows her care
and owes its place to
Her garden design.

Bleeding hearts,
lilies,
forget-me-nots

All grow among the rocks
She skillfully placed
to accent garden spots.

Her thumb is green
but her heart is golden
as she works among the daisies.


Pain

Whispering shadows,
Pale morning,
Red secrets,
Dawn comes to the crying child.
A boy, his face scarred with guilt.
White heart betrays his innocence.
Tears envelope his being.
Shaking, trembling,
somewhere yearning hopelessly,
for a tender rain
to wash away the emptiness.
Dares to touch the sting of hatred,
Streaked crimson across his arms.
Black words and visions,
wondering where to find his heart,
Buried somewhere in the colors.
A moment of silence.
Tormented by thoughts.
No escape but to the next life,
But heís never touched a thing called sin.
Why should he suffer?
And then the morning comes,
and with it, a different kind of pain.



Megan Jones, 21, lives in Lothian, MD. "Life has thrown me several curve balls the past few years," says Jones, "including a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis and an infection in my right knee requiring 15 separate operations. Writing is my way of escaping to a world without pain and frustration, a world without hospitals and doctors and physical limitations. Iíve always used writing as a way to express myself because I have difficulty verbally expressing my feelings. I see my pain and frustration and physical limitations, not always as a burden. Instead, I see them more as a gift and through them my writing has become better and more heartfelt and Iíve come to learn that with just a few words, so many strong emotions can be conveyed."


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