Monday, January 21, 2019

Arlene Corwin writes

What It Is To Age

Three friends – four:
One with Parkinson’s,
One cancer,
One with diabetes,
One who’s slowly ‘losing’ it,
And every hour more with more,
No dancer anymore: this life.
Up to me now:
Self-advancement and acceptance,
Laughter relished,
With the dafter more delicious side
By illusion or
Distorted by delusion:
That’s the trick!

Sick or dying,
Some few lying to themselves –
Sapped and frail
Zapped by ailment,
Every body trying, trying.

Instrumental and inborn,
Strongest force we have on loan
Is breath 
         and trying.

The Aging Hourglass -- Muskan Srivastava

1 comment:

  1. James Parkinson was approved by the City of London Corporation as a surgeon in 1784, shortly after taking over his father's practice, but became active in radical politics, writing (as "Old Hubert") over 20 tracts and belonging to a number of secret societies such as the Society for Constitutional Information and the London Corresponding Society. William Pitt's government twice accused these organizations of plotting to assassinate George III. In 1794 Parkinson refused to testify about his own role, and the government's case was never substantiated. An act of Parliament in 1799 outlawed these kinds of organizations, and Parkinson turned to writing medical, geological, and paleontological works. With his son, he produced the 1st described case of appendicitis in English (1812), and the 1st to demonstrate that perforation was the cause of death in such cases. But his main contribution to science was "An Essay on the Shaking Palsy" (1817) in which he described what he called "paralysis agitans." A 1/2 century later Jean-Martin Charcot suggested that the disease be named in honor of Parkinson.


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