ME And My List



The eyes they slowly open

A restless night behind

Sleep didn’t want to come my way

To rest my buzzing mind


I gently rise to find my feet

Hope the strength is there to greet

My legs like stilts, … feeling

I fall,…… to stare up at the ceiling


It’s gonna be another day

Where ME has its rotten way

Once again I’ve been unplugged

Once again my brain’s been mugged

I wanted to get so much done

It seems the beast again has won


But I’ll make my list

And hope for strength

A window however small

Allowing a little normal

A walk instead of crawl


We get some days

When it’s ajar

We get to walk

Though not too far

We get to breath some good fresh air

Blowing through my receding hair…..


I write my list so full of hope

Each task quite small and clear

But my brain it drains, it’s just insane

To confirm my inner fear


Just listing jobs does me in

Temptation is to just begin

Push on through, get it done

Expect the crash, there will be one….


We wake to dream for return to norm

But most days leave us so forlorn

To show we can still be part

Of life before our strengths depart



We sometimes get a glimmer

A little ray of sun

The merest little window

That let’s us get things done

No climbing of the Eiger

No sailing round the coast

Maybe a shower, or out for an hour

Or just to make some toast….


I hope you kind of get the gist

This ain’t no final bucket list

Don’t want to swim the bloomin’ channel

Just the strength to wring out my flannel

A little hope is all we wish

A little help won’t go amiss


I should be on drugs enough

To jump start the swinging sixties

Instead, no funds, no help, no hope….

Just plaster sized poor fixes


So if ME is something new to you

This is a lesson learned

We have no magic bullet

‘Doing’ must be earned


Judging how we use our strength

Is what we have to do

We should pace, instead of race

To ‘do’, and power on through


Health is wealth, and we are poor

We need help to find a cure

Until we do to yourself be kind

To your body, soul and mind


Atop that list of what ‘To Do’

Must always simply be just ‘You’

Without your health

Nothing gets done

So just you look after Number One….


By Bill Clayton

© 20 July 2018

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