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Inside the Noose

No Magic Bullet Nor Benevolent Pistols

By Harmony KentPublished 4 months ago β€’ Updated 4 months ago β€’ 2 min read
Top Story - June 2023
Image on license from Deposit Photos by AllYouNeedIsCreate

I’m a ghost who haunts this house

An ephemeral shadow of myself

Either subdued and quiet as a mouse

Or angry, loud, and sick of this poor health

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My life has become a wild yo-yo

Full of the wrong sort of bounce

My life, my new status quo

Ever anticipating pain’s cruel pounce

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A mystery: from whence it comes, or where it goes

No matter what, I can’t shake it loose

Gotta learn to live with it, I suppose

Get comfy with my neck inside the noose

πŸ’ πŸ’ πŸ’ 

Desperate enough to try anything

From Accu-tap-tap-tapping to herbs and crystals

A long road of seeking, dealing, carrying

No magic bullet nor benevolent pistols

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Through this pain, fatigue, and fog is perseverance

Soul’s stubborn determination a saving grace

Such a cruel irony that from my appearance

You’d never guess, not even from my face

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We Fibro sufferers often look so well

Only a wince, a soft cry, or a stiff posture gives a clue

That our lives can frequently feel like utter hell

Neither specialists nor loved ones know what to do

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Solace in company with fellow sufferers a great help

Be they friends or strangers in online forums

My gratitude for the kindness and advice deeply felt

Such support and camaraderie keep at bay deadly doldrums

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Life to be lived from minute to minute

All plans to remain loose

To go with the flow, implicit

The essential key to securing a truce

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[Author's Note: Hi everyone. I've missed being on Vocal for a while. This poem is inspired by my being newly diagnosed with Fibromyalgia ... a condition with no cure nor treatment--at least not in the UK's health system. I'm in a position of having to feel my way forward and try to find things that help my symptoms. This has inspired me to begin on a new 'Soul Poetry Series' book, this one will be called 'Fibro Soul' ... at least, that's it's working title right now. The image at the top is one I plan to design into a book cover. I'd love to know what you think of this first poem. Thank you for reading! Hugs, Harmony πŸ’•πŸ˜Š]

For any of you interested, you can find my collection of Soul Poetry on Amazon in ebook and paperback via this universal link:

I have a second, related poem, which you’ll find in the embedded link below. This one is entered into, and inspired by, Vocal’s Dancing With Distraction challenge.

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About the Creator

Harmony Kent

The multi-genre author who gets write into your head

I began writing at 40 after a life-changing injury. An avid reader & writer, I love to review & support my fellow authors.

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  • Grz Colm4 months ago

    So sorry to hear of your diagnosis. This was a great, thoughtful and emotive piece. Thanks for sharing your story!!

  • Ruth Stewart4 months ago

    Hello, I'm a fellow fibro woman here. It does suck. And doctors here in the UK are terrible at using it as a cover for anything they can't diagnose. I can relate to your poem, it's well-written and poignant. Great piece.

  • Robbie Cheadle4 months ago

    An extraordinarily vivid and poignant poem, Harmony. Love to you.

  • Heidi McCloskey4 months ago

    I completely understand where you are coming from. While I don't have fibromyalgia, I do have severe neuropathy from a failed back surgery three years ago. Basically, most of the time I can't be touched on my left side without feeling like I am being electrocuted. Some days being a battle more than others. Your words definitely felt familiar, especially about the pain being invisible to others and your face hiding it. I have a tendency to cuss a lot when the pain strikes. I believe it helps so that's all that matters (haha). Anyway, thank you for sharing!

  • Heather Hubler4 months ago

    Ah Harmony, I don't envy the pain and suffering you go through on a daily basis. Sorries don't fix it, but I am sorry you deal with this. I appreciated the honesty and emotion in this piece and look forward to more in this series. And I am in love with the cover pic!! Congratulations on Top Story, so glad it received recognition and hopefully spreads awareness about suffering in silence with medical conditions.

  • Shivani Parekh4 months ago

    I am so sorry to hear this, I could feel your pain and suffering through the poem...I hope that it will get better soon and I am here to support you!

  • So sorry to hear this, but I loved your poem and I can relate to your struggle. πŸ’• I don’t want to offend with this but I can’t recommend this woman’s work enough for improving pain. Hope it helps ❀️ https://youtube.com/@theworkoutwitch

  • Ranjan Baral4 months ago

    Beautiful poem

  • Carol Townend4 months ago

    I really feel for you Harmony, and I sense your pain through the words in your poem. I care for someone who has Fibromyalgia, and it is a painful condition to live with. Your feelings are reflected through out your poem. You have my full support and love.

  • Congratulations on your Top Story and Thanks for sharing this meaningful narrativeβœ¨πŸ’–πŸŽ‰πŸ“

  • Gerald Holmes4 months ago

    I don't suffer from this myself but I understand the pain that many suffer because I have seen the effects in those I love. Your poem perfectly speaks to the pain and hopelessness felt by so many. Congrats on Top Story.

  • Donna Fox4 months ago

    I'm sorry that your journey has turned into a battle now. The poem was beautiful and heart breaking. Line "Get comfy with my neck inside the noose" hit differently for me after I read the authors note. I love the way you channelled your thoughts and feelings into this beautifully written poem. Congratulations on Top Story, I think you are more than well-deserving of it! Take care! πŸ’œ

  • Dana Crandell4 months ago

    I'm so sorry to hear you have to deal with this, Harmony. You've written a beautiful poem about it, though and I'm glad about that. Congratulations on a well-deserved Top Story award.

  • Kristen Balyeat4 months ago

    So very sorry for your pain and your diagnosis, Harmony! This poem was a beautiful expression and I thank you for sharing it! I hope you find relief, and in the mean time, I'm grateful you are able to process through writing!

  • Melissa Ingoldsby4 months ago

    Excellent poetry I loved it! Keep up the amazing work 🀩🀩😍

  • Nice job

  • Cathy holmes4 months ago

    And congrats on the TS

  • Cathy holmes4 months ago

    This is wonderfully written. Sorry for your pain.

  • Sorry for your suffering but these are wonderful words. Congratulations on your Top Story

  • Paul Stewart4 months ago

    Ah, Harmony. This is beautiful. I am sorry that you are suffering with this - I know, as I said, because my wife suffers from M.E.. This was so relatable. I wanted to say though, that, what I really really really love about this poem is that it's so eloquently and skillfully written. I love the acu-tap-tap bit, that made me smile through the sadness of it all and the way you mix in recognisable symptoms and associated effects of the condition, but not so they stick out. Well done on a much deserved Top Story!

  • Przemek 4 months ago

    Congratulations to you top story

  • Diana Peach4 months ago

    Your poem is moving, Harmony. I'm so sorry this is part of your life and admire your persistence to find answers. A new collection of poems from you is very welcome.

  • I'm so sorry about your diagnosis but I'm glad you're moving forward in a positive way; finding things to help with your symptoms and a poetry book. That would would be a beautiful cover for the book. As for your poem, it was very deep and profound. Many would find it relatable as we all do go through life with a noose around our neck in one way or another. Do take care of yourself, Harmony!

  • John W. Howell4 months ago

    So sorry for your suffering, Harmony. Your poem speaks volumes for your condition and your steadfastness in its face.

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