Rainbow Hills

 

Arlyn

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CROHN'S POEMS

STRESS DEFINED

Stress
is seeing in the Wed. paper
a sale on salmon
and thinking
how I love salmon
but I don't show up at the market
until three days after the sale is over

Stress
is being at the office when my daughter calls
to say the cable man is there
to turn off the cable
unless I give him the money that I owe
Defiantly
I say "turn it off,"
then remember
football starts next week
I love football

Stress
is my daughter
complaining she's an orphan
because I am always at work
including evenings
and weekends
and I know that's unfair
That night I worked 'til 10:30
she was at her friend's house anyway
I take off work a lot
to take her to the doctors
to get her blood tests
to pick up medicines

Stress
is being told I am stressed
because I pick up
all the slack
for everyone
by someone
who is not exactly slackless

Stress
is health insurance payments
each month that
I dare not miss
but would rather
be watching football on TV

Stress
is being told by my Chiropractor
that that pain in my arm
is stress
because
I'm already doing
all the deep breathing
these lungs can handle

Stress
is trying to figure out
how to cut stress
from my life
when I'm stressed

Stress
is knowing there's no cure
yet


 

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