Some rhymes focus upon, and are relevant to, a specific subject or problem such as stomas etc. However, sometimes a rhyme seems to have relevance to a number of subjects simulataneously. I felt that 'After-Effects' was one such rhyme, in that it could be applied to several different sets of circumstances from medical or other traumas, to the everyday choices involved in our own actions or inactions. Invariably, there are after-effects that we are notoriously inept at predicting.
It’s hard to tell what to expect
prior to an after-effect,
for it will be, by definition,
something of a premonition.
We have a trauma and we hope
that afterwards we’ll simply cope,
and very quickly normalise,
without the need to compromise.
This, of course, is wishful thought,
for many things can come and thwart
our efforts to get back on track
and sabotage a full comeback.
Ask anyone who’s lived through stuff
and often felt they’ve had enough.
They will say that you can’t tell
what makes you sick or gets you well.
The doctors give us platitudes,
and optimistic attitudes,
but they don’t know what’s coming next
to make us ill or more perplexed.
When trauma hits, of any kind,
it may affect body and mind
so, who knows what there is in store
or if it lasts forevermore.
For those who feel they have a choice,
they may try to use their voice
to state that they are very keen
and stay the way they’ve always been.
But this has after-effects too,
and might just knock their lives askew,
for no-one knows what lies ahead
so, what we do may make us dead.
B. Withers 2021