MARK W. ZILKOSKI, M.D.
for Dr. Jeffrey Cummings
Locked in behind a face that cannot move
A face frozen to my bones, frozen
To my brain, I cannot smile.
To speak I must grope for words
Lost in an age past and propel them
Upwards and outwards,
Everything must be so right
It is just a whisper.
The tremblings of my hands mingle
Insidiously at my elbows to steal
Away what is left of my freedom.
Someone else must have my energy, my vitality
I was so strong before.
Strength like that
Does not just evaporate
It is stolen.
My neurologist knows Shakes
ZILKOSKI MW. Parkinson's Disease. Ann Intern Med. 1988;108:161. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-108-1-161_4
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