Ten things

Ten things you don’t know about me

Only I know that I have one fingernail
that I bite, I hate might
being right, I can’t count. My hair curls when I’m
cross, my nose runs
when I’m cold and when I’m hot, my hair colour
is not what you see when you look
at me. Only I know
that I can smell you before
I see you, that I can only hear out of one ear,
that my car is fast but not
fast enough for me –
speed is my creed. I laugh
like a drain and my brain
does not always work and things,
thoughts, facts, words lurk
in the murk of M.E.
that is and is not me

10 Responses to Ten things

  1. Mary says:

    I enjoyed the way you wrote this poem, Sally; and it was fun learning these things. Interesting about being able to smell a person before you can see them. And about the just ONE fingernail reserved for biting!

  2. brian miller says:

    ha, i have a bit of a lead foot, as my boys remind me often, i laugh like a drain, lol…i want to hear that…smiles….love you last line as well…it is and is not me…kinda leaving us to the mystery….

    • SallyJ says:

      thanks Brian – the CFS (ME) does tend to mask the real person inside…and laughing is the antidote I think to most unpleasant things. Good to meet another speedfreak!

  3. Sabio Lantz says:

    Wow, that was fun. The speed, the not-me, the self-love and the self-criticism held so beautifully together. Well done.

  4. Rallentanda says:

    Ha, this was enjoyable and interesting. The smell thing must pose problems:)
    ” Oh hello Jan , wait a minute I’m coming
    How did you know it was me?
    I could smell you a mile off:)”

  5. Oh, wow, never even considered the list poem aspect here, fits so perfectly. Love the one fingernail to bite, I wish I had the same problem, I work on one and then feel guilty I’ve neglected the others lol Really great share, and again, I love that you chose a list poem for the piece. Thanks for sharing this.

    • SallyJ says:

      Thanks for commenting – I feel guilty about the nail I’ve nibbled rather than feeling as though I’ve neglected the rest – a bit more guilt to carry around!

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