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The Wheatfield

By Isabel Butler

Growing pains

Wings not inborn
Not as when
The egg cracks
Yet even after,
The young wait a while
Nest bound
Before their first flight

Yet the human emerges
Life from life
Mammalian yet Divine
Hair not enough
For warmth
A mother’s task as immense
As the sun

Fallen out at desks
Fed on books, pencils, protractors, rulers,
Feasting on food
Fast and loose
Do such as these
Grow wings?
Does the mind take flight?

The slave
Whipped at the oar
He pulled with mighty cracked hands
Back split wide open
His wings broke through
As the lashings
Beat him

And the mother
The quiet life
Of endless devotion
Hidden intangible pain
Laundry, chopping, shopping
Wiping, listening. preparing
All in darkness
Wings spring up in dreams

So wings
Given only once
Our backs are tired and broken
So we may understand
What it means
To fly around the sun

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME / CFS) Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS), Fibromyalgia Leading Research. Delivering Hope.Open Medicine Foundation®

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