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Spiral Fracture MAG

January 7, 2011
By NineMuses PLATINUM, Pelham, New York
NineMuses PLATINUM, Pelham, New York
22 articles 2 photos 10 comments

Favorite Quote:
You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
-Jack London

Dragging around a feckless weight
where a leg should be
is harder than anyone would think.
The pounds of plaster pulled down
as though a cable were attached to my toe and
the devil had ahold of the other end.

I could feel the break
always, the pain
a chisel chipping each instant
at bone already suffering from being split
by a moment of bizarre torque
on an icy sidewalk
where my body went one way and
my leg another.

I chill even in a warm room,
and I tremble
when I dream of
advancing too hastily
on a cold day
when the ice solidified and my crutches
were so easily yanked away
by the air.

You know, it's healed now,
but I still can't walk across ice.

The author's comments:
I broke my leg last year by slipping on an icy sidewalk. I experienced- and continue to experience- a lot of fear as a result of that event.

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Doktor SILVER said...
on Apr. 25 2012 at 4:34 pm
Doktor SILVER, Northridge, California
6 articles 2 photos 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Imperfection is beauty. Madness is genius. And it's better to be ridiculous than to be absolutely boring." - Marilyn Monroe

Really nice description, I can imagine the terror you felt and still feel about walking on ice. This is well written