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My chronic illness makes me tired

and so it’s hard to get inspired.

So what I choose to do instead

is think that I should stay in bed.


But laying there I am inclined

to get more tired in my mind.

Then as that tiredness is built

I start to feel a twang of guilt.


To myself I chide and scoff

there must be people much worse off.

Just look around and you will see

there’s many people worse than me.


But then my mind will once again

focus on my chronic pain.

And whilst I may have empathy,

my instinct is to apathy.


Because I do not want to shirk,

I’ll force myself to do some work.

That’s in the hope that I’ll get tired

in ways that might be still admired.


So up I get and off I go

and smile, so people will not know

that all that time, way deep inside

my true feelings I will hide.


Because my feelings are repressed

I will tend to get depressed.

But still my duties I’ll fulfil

though I know it makes me ill.


But I get tired of it all,

chronic illness, big and small.

And sometimes when it gets too rough,

I simply feel I’ve had enough.



 


 



























   















































(10.08.2010)




Reproduced by kind permission of Bill Withers.

12.06.2013






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