Continuous Passive Motion (Arun 14)

Continuous Passive Motion. I hear that and think of someone shrugging their shoulders over and over, or turning their hands palm up. Continuous Passive Motion. As I type this, I am strapped into a CPM, a machine whose sole purpose is to bend and straighten my knee. I am passive while the machine provides the continuous motion. I can’t say that I love this contraption, but I certainly appreciate it. My goal is to get up to 90° … and right now I’m at 88. I’ve got another 10 minutes to go tonight (3 times a day, 2 hours each time), so I’ll have no problem hitting my target.

It hasn’t been a great day. Started with enough pain to bring me, my sister and the physical therapist to tears. But we all got through it, and here I am. CPMing myself to sleep. And writing Aruns!

like these
remind me
of humanity,
fragility, strength.
like this
flares through me,
overly hot,
sharp, immediate.
it says, coy.
These tears, this pain,
the shards of that truth.


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).

10 thoughts on “Continuous Passive Motion (Arun 14)

  1. Oooouh, recovery sounds so painful, though I had never heard of a CPM and it sounds so interesting. I wish you stamina and whatever you need by way of distraction/support/encouragement!


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