Phoenix

 Part 1

Something Inside Me

Is on Fire

Kicking and Clawing

and Fighting

To get Out

Something Inside Me

Is on Fire

Railing against my bones

thrashing

stiffening wildly like a hellbent creature

defying capture

refusing to let me move with fluidity

until I listen.  

Part 2

What self important conflation

to pick apart the whys

of degenerative disease

The ego goes down burning,

clawing at the glass

through the fire

aching for new breath

struggling, struggling

unaccepting of it’s fate

smothered in panic

grasping at each

next impossible solution. 

~ poem and painting by Stephanie Foy