An Awareness Poem for CFS/ME and Fibromyalgia sufferers


Suffering chronic pain in silence

Yet not even your medical licence

Makes my illness visible

 

I can hardly walk

And yet you talk

Of exercise, you’re so derisible

 

Spend a day with me

And you will see

What I do, just to survive

 

And yet you doubt

What my disease is about

You think you are so wise

 

What do I have to do

So I can prove to you

That my illness is very, very real

 

Perhaps spending a day in my skin

Would allow you to begin

To know exactly how I feel

 

Only other sufferrers like me

Can really see

The pain I suffer every day

 

So take your scepticism and leave

Until you come to believe

Because this may be you one day

 

No known cure nor cause

I deserve a round of applause

When I stand and walk five paces

 

Pain and headaches go on and on

Can’t tie laces so now wear slipons

A stranger to my favourite places

 

Now add dizziness, nausea and much more

To understand why my soul is so sore

Your disbelief is ignorant and baseless

 

Ninety per-share of my days spent in bed

A cold compress and pills for my head

I pray for the day this will all end

 

Perhaps then you will welcome me

And be ready and willing to see

That this is real, my dear ex-friend

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