Odd Man Out?
Shared Emotions; fears, joys, frustrations,
celebrations, support and inspirations
A shared life-altering experience
All different, yet all the same just as well.
A kinship formed with words.
A bond that will not break.
A gut-level instinctual fondness
For names on a computer screen.
Is it odd to care so strongly for so many
That I have never met and likely never will?
I wear my heart on my sleeve
I bare my inner being to you
Our Shared kind words of hope, encouragement
and support are life sustaining.
If any call me odd,
Then I am proud to be
“The odd man out!”
had a right hemispheric cerebral
aneurysm and stroke on November
12, 2013 (11-12-13). I attempted
to return to work only five months
post-stroke, way too soon. Because of multiple
impairments that I was unaware of, the attempt
failed miserably. I continue to have short-term
memory issues and left-side weakness. I am
legally blind also.
I have been blessed with the gift of writing and
it has proven very therapeutic, it has aided me in
sorting out the new me and my new normal.
I am humbled, honored and blessed to have
the opportunity to share some of my writing with
people; it provides some insight into “one man’s
journey.” I hope some of my words offer some
comfort to someone along their journey. After all,
we are all in this together. We must look out for
I joined The Stroke Network in January 2015.
In June 2016, I became a contributing writer for
The Stroke Network’s online monthly newsletter.
My column is “Healing with Poetry.”
Fort Gratiot, Michigan