it starts with a fall

October 18th, 2012

it starts with a fall

not a fall from grace
but a sudden finding
oneself on the floor
that kind of a fall

the right arm
caught in the bookcase
the shoulder twisted
out of place
the right leg
forced into an angle
unable to move

the brain tries
to untangle itself
confused
unable to accept
to understand

help comes
to lift the body
the shoulder
shifts into place
making a loud
and painful sound
the leg twists
and straightens
no broken bones
but the beginning
of a different life
changing activities
asking for help
independence
slipping away

© October 7, 2012
Patricia Hernan Grube
(about a fall on July 23, 2012
The blog on 10/18/2012
says more about this)