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Poem: Elimination Anxiety

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Difficult times will often hit us hard.
Unable to spend afternoons in the backyard.
Anxiety and stress, secondary to isolation.
A cause to pause and avoid deprivation.
Following surgery, pain won’t go away.
Worry and despair, narcotics ease the day.
But then a new problem, constipation.
Being irregular may ruin concentration.
Time to empty the bladder out.
Successful hydration results in a water spout.
Consider moving to the urination station.
Sometimes the bladder may go on vacation.
Losing driving privileges results in loss of face.
Hopefully other drivers will take up the case.
The challenges, no shopping, no socializing.
Being alone and isolation becomes demoralizing.
Elimination is a state of body and mind.
Success or failure may cause a bind.
The anxiety may attack in a spiritual sense.
Healing awaits and presents with recompense.

Lea B. Jennings is a poet from Rochester. The Post Bulletin publishes poetry by local and area writers every Tuesday. Send poems to with the subject line "Poetry submission."

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