A Reflection Of ME

With all that’s going on right now, I feel that we may have to speak up even louder to be heard if we are to raise Awareness of M.E.  Too many are missing from their lives with this illness, and may well be sidelined even longer if we don’t make every day an M.E. Awareness Day.


I thought I was being followed
Maybe being stalked
I saw him running in the park
As I just slowly walked

I saw him through the window
I saw him in the crowd
Full of cheer, having a beer,
In that pub that’s now too loud

I saw him at the bus stop
Standing straight and tall
Going off to work each day
He seemed to have it all

Then I saw him in the mirror
Staring back at me
I realised, through moistening eyes
He was the man I used to be

Things were good, friends would call
Then life just hit the biggest wall
I’ve yelled out loud and cursed a lot
And while that felt so good
It didn’t help a single jot
As I really hoped it would

I’ve become a shadow of myself
M.E. put life upon the shelf
Things are so much different now
That’s so plain to see
I used to know what Plan A was
Now it’s all Plan B

Life moves on, a new one now
But I won’t give in, refuse to bow
Though I’ll live my life anew
To my old self I will be true
All days hurt, some like hell
But this M.E. beast won’t hear my knell

We’re dealt some lousy hands in life
But M.E. seems to twist the knife
It’s a challenge, it’s a test
To see how we react when pressed

But now that I’m a different man
I’ll write my own new battle plan
This illness won’t lock me in a cell
I’ll just have to play these bad cards well

No fret, regret, no living in fear
Moving forward, new life, changed gear
Maybe slower, but luckier than some
I still have many more miles to run

There’s no way that I’m giving in
That’s not the path I see
There’ll be no deflection
Whilst my reflection
Is staring back at me

A single voice may not be loud
Its strength may be diminished
But together our message will be strong and proud
Let them hear that we’re not finished

So with all of our might,
Let’s carry this fight
It’s time to have our say
This is our chance
To make such a stance
On our Awareness Day

By Bill Clayton
© 2018

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