Something borrowed but not too blue …

My friend Jill, author of Halloween Stinks and a forthcoming book on parenting, has taken on the Arun challenge! Not only has she shared the form with her son, and not only will he be sharing it with his fourth grade class as part of their poetry unit, Jill wrote a pair of Aruns for my knee:

Arun #1
A knee frozen
Don’t age me so
Limping and Limping
with myself
My joints; My limbs
Imprisoning me.
This battle
I will win this
I will walk and dance.
Arun #2
Star Trek
years from now
our brains have roads.
We don’t need bodies.
bodies rule,
and my joint quit;
My knee a flat tire
the future
Free me from this knee. 

You can find out more about Jill on her website.

As for me, the surgery — according to everyone who was conscious while it was happening — went wonderfully well.  I had an unexpectedly long stay in recovery — from 2pm until 4 this morning! — thanks to a rather aggressive drop in my blood pressure that had everyone a little worried. But all’s well now and I’m happily ensconced in this room with a view … if I could stand, I’d be looking out at  the river! I’ve already taken about a dozen and a half steps, an endeavor that actually had me in tears after the first half dozen at 9:30 this morning, and which left me just about fully depleted after my second session tonight. Tonight’s session was encouraging, however. Helped me see that I really will be able to walk again!

No Aruns from me tonight. I’ve been either too asleep or too in pain to create. I’ve got my eye on tomorrow …


(I made myself stay up last night to post and share this for Slice of Life Tuesday, then totally forgot to share it or link over to the other slicers. Guess my drugs were having more of an effect than I thought! I’ll get it together next week.)


An Arun is a fifteen-line poem in three sets of five lines.  Each set of five lines follows the same syllable structure: starting with one syllable and increasing by one (1/2/3/4/5 — 3x).


4 thoughts on “Something borrowed but not too blue …

  1. So glad you are past the surgery and on to the recovery. How exciting that Aruns are spreading and being used by your friend. I sense not much can slow you down so just a detour. In your honor I will be thoughtful and thankful for mobility today. Ever onward…quite literally a step at a time. Blessings.


    1. Thanks! I’m not exactly feeling unstoppable right now, but I can see that I’m making progress, can imagine a time when I’ll be past this pain and on to getting familiar with my new knee!


  2. Hope you have a smooth recovery. Jill said it well, “This battle I will win. I will walk and dance again.” Keep your eye on tomorrow and each bit of encouragement that comes along. And remain happily ensconced for all the rest you need for the hard work of recovery.


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