Sonnets

Parkinson’s Disease Anxiety:  5 Ways Out of This Labyrinth
Bruce

Parkinson’s Disease Anxiety:  5 Ways Out of This Labyrinth

As I have written before, Parkies are at high risk for anxiety disorder.  This is not merely because we’re reacting in fear to our diagnosis, but because PD changes the chemical structure of our brain in a way that naturally brings on anxiety and its partner-in-crime, depression.  As one article that I read noted, researchers found …

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New Year’s Wishes! (the body parts sonnet)
Bruce

New Year’s Wishes! (the body parts sonnet)

New Year’s Wishes! (the body parts sonnet) Your heart has wished folks well on New Year’s Eve. You’ve sung “Should old acquaintance be forgot…” (Your brain recalls the right words – did it not?), And felt deep in your gut all you’ll achieve In the year ahead.  You’ve mouthed the words And eyed the prize …

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Combatting Anxiety by Writing Poetry
Bruce

Combatting Anxiety by Writing Poetry

Problem:  It’s the holiday season.  I live in a town with steep hills.  It just snowed.  This wouldn’t bother most people, but my Parkinson’s anxiety works non-stop, so I’m quivering in my boots.  What to do? Solution:  I channel my unease by writing the following sonnet. Here we go, and look out! Winter Holiday Season …

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Sonnet Response to “Richard Cory”
Bruce

Sonnet Response to “Richard Cory”

On a recent sunny fall day I was walking the streets of Manhattan.  My PD drugs were “on,” and I felt glorious and, well, glittery.  I remembered a phrase from Edwin Arlington Robinson’s famous poem, “Richard Cory,” and came up with the opening lines of the sonnet below.  I finished writing the sonnet on my train home …

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