Spiritual Poetry posted April 9, 2012

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The Joy of Normalcy

by Warren Rodgers

With bodies frail and futures bleak
They shuffle to old melodies,
While soaking in each note, somehow
They move as if there's no disease.

As rhythm soothes each waiting ear
It thunders through their gathered clouds,
Then Parkinson's is held at bay
To free them from their placid shrouds.

Aloofness captured in their eyes
Is soon released by sounds in flight,
Their stiffness loosens with each song
As muscles stretch like rising kites.

Each movement bends and blends with hope
Detouring from their destiny
Their smiles ignite, as once again
They feel the joy of normalcy.



April is Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month. As some of you know I was diagnosed with the disease and have been fortunate enough to have only minor problems so far with stiffness in my hand, walking, and sleeping. Research continues into the causes and treatments for the disease and some interesting discoveries are being made about Parkinson's Disease. The connection between mind and body is truly fascinating.

I would like to focus on those discoveries with a few poems I have written for April. The link below will take you to a story on youtube.com from the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) here in the United States. It runs about 7.5 minutes and it talks about how dancing to music and learning dance movements can help victims of Parkinson's Disease. I believe you will find it to be a very uplifting story.

Thank you for reading and reviewing.
Thanks to Angelheart for her amazing artwork.

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