if Bertie can ~ SO CAN I

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Dedicated to my Muse RLF as she lives the day to day struggle associated with MS and Fibromyalgia.

as I ran those finishing
miles ….  of the Richmond
Virginia Marathon
this performance artist
dressed in all black with a hood
an artist using art to create change
for all THE HUMAN RACE
regardless
of skin color
sex
gender
nationality
ethnicity
culture
or way of belief
I’m running this race
from start to finish
to create
this breathing
dynamic
and proactive
body metaphor
today
for all watching to see
to promote my
Slavery in America
Image with Words Collection
~  Virginia Edition
exhibited in
The Urban Individualists Gallery
at Art Works
on Hull Street in Richmond
….. my thoughts drift back
to all those
early morning hours
how hard it was to get
my old and achy
arthritic body going
~    stretching it
~    twisting it
~    rotating it
~    strengthening it
those 400 stomach crunches
~    drinking plenty of water
~    sticking into my mouth
a vitamin and an Aleve
before stepping outside
into the darkness
the hot to the cold
I’d say to myself
if Bertie can
get up and moving
as she lives
her day to day struggle
associated with MS and Fibromyalgia
SO CAN I
I will lose the weight
improve my health
I will run that marathon
to show all I love
THE HUMAN RACE
I am living a life
with a purpose
not just living a life
that spiritually
the key
the road
the journey
the race
to a fulfilling
and joyous life
is focused on doing and giving
more to others
than I’d expect to receive
from them

’cause
if Bertie can
SO CAN I

peace out

Words by    ~Keith Alan Hamilton~

This poem will be a part of the December edition that’s a collaboration by the 2015 Poetry Posse  – The Year of the Poet II published by Inner Child Press.   Buy your monthly copy Here: http://www.innerchildpress.com/the-year-of-the-poet.php

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