Languishing by Vivi Steels

Posted on September 10, 2019 at 4:50 AM


Like the Loch Ness Monster –

much sought after,

subject to speculation,

myth and legend,

scientific investigation;

glimpsed, even photographed

partially above the surface,

but mostly submerged

sunk beneath depths,

crushed by vast weight of water –

health lies languishing

one hundred fathoms deep.

© Vivien Steels

Why the poem was written:

I wrote this poem to convey how crushing chronic ill health can be and that with M.E. (which causes severe exhaustion on both minimal physical exertion & mental concentration) often there is nothing to show that the person with M.E. is unwell except to those closest to them, therefore others, who know very little about the illness, tend to dismiss it unless they, or someone close to them, suffers from it.

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