Woke up today

It’s not gone away

This beast, it’s here for good

Thought maybe a dream

But a nightmare it seems

I’d sleep through it all if I could.


As another day dawns

There’s something more going on

The pain’s a bit harder to stand

It’s tougher to face, when it’s in a new place

Again, just forget what you’ve planned.


This pain, it’s not mine

It’s all down my spine

I’ve not had it just there before

But is it worth going sick

And risk another big kick

When you walk through the surgery door.


Being told it’s baloney,

That you’re just such a phoney

You think twice about seeing the doc

We’ve enough going on, so we’ll leave it alone

Rather than risk yet another big knock.


Over the years, I’ve crunched through my gears

I know I’m battered and bruised

I’m the broken toy in the toy box

My body’s been well over used

But we must be aware

When it’s not wear and tear

We must not let that confuse.


Don’t take it for granted

It’s something you’ve landed

While your system’s been running so low

Could just be an ache, but a major mistake

To ignore it and just let it go.

Not all things you see, are tied to ME

Don’t forget other ills do abound

It’d just be our luck, we’ve forgotten to duck

When they’ve been handed around.


It’s easy to do

Just ignoring a clue

Others have pain ‘just like that’

It’s a tug, it’s a pull

It’s a new kid in school

But don’t use the welcoming mat.


Ring the GP, for your own MOT

Get checked out to see that you’re fine

We know we’re not well, but never can tell

Don’t ignore an obvious sign.


Don’t be swayed, or even delayed

Though you’ll be chuffed to bits you’ll see

Having been given every scan,

Known to woman or man

To be told it’s only ME !


By Bill Clayton

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