The Guilt Of ME


When the beast descends we know the score

Strength and hope go through the floor

We’ve all been on this road before

Another day of guilt


Want to take my part in life

Want to spend some time with wife

Want to cause no further strife

Another day of guilt


Said I’d try and meet with friends

Missed out last time, so make amends

Woke up to pain, a common trend

Another day of guilt


Everyone else is doing stuff

I just can’t seem to help enough

Again I’m feeling just too rough

Another day of guilt


Want to plan a day away

Family time, a bit of play

Woke with head saying not today

Another day of guilt


We may tell others how we feel

How symptoms bring us all to heel

We talk of fog, of how it’s real

We rarely talk of guilt


We blame ourselves for being ill

For lives and dreams we can’t fulfil

How much more will we hurt until

We start to banish guilt


Guilt is when you’ve done some wrong

Not for trying to be strong

Guilt with us does not belong

Let’s get rid of all that guilt


It belongs not with you or I

But with those sitting up on high

We need to shout with a mighty cry

Let them bear the guilt


It’s with all the powers that be

Who’ve chosen to ignore M.E.

It’s been so plain for all to see

Their hearts should fill with guilt


So let each of us try to shed

The guilt, and somehow instead

Understand we do our best

When daily we are put to test


We beat ourselves up all day long

Same old singer, different song

So let’s be kind to ourselves, let’s not wilt

And let us banish all thoughts of guilt…


By Bill Clayton

© 23/2/2018

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