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- Supporting Those With Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME & Associated Illnesses

Expressions and Poetry

Reaching Out’s Expressions

Listed below are poems/photos/paintings created by Reaching Out members (Outties). I think anybody with these illnesses will be able to relate to their content. If you wish to contact the author/artist, please state their name in the email and please do not use their creation in any way without their explicit permission. These are people who despite being terribly ill, still find the courage to create and therefore, deserve any accolades they may receive for their work.

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  • The vastness of a thought… November 14, 2006 The vastness of a thought…utterly endless I realized this today…some thoughts must end, Help carry on positive power and its power, Love, hope, happiness… trust in who you are. Construct, choose to pause, listen feel good, thinking good, singing, allowing an unfolding fluid reaction of wonder. Linda M. Nagy 11.14.2006 ©Linda M. Nagy
  • Goddess Goddess
  • Purple and Orange Lily Purple and Orange Lily
  • The Conflict I Face I look at my fingers and am shocked. My fingernails should be broken and pocked, Because I am hanging on by a thread. My thoughts are black and filled with dread. The rope I am hanging from today Is wearing thin and beginning to fray The dark, ugly spiral is sucking me down. Inside I am screaming though you won’t hear a sound. A ...
  • When you look at me… When you look at me how could you truly know? Take a step forward, focus. I know I see you and you frighten me. You are not my fear of darkness, violence or disaster. You are my human fear of vanishing. Marks we make on this world are important. They extend into our entire universe and beyond, with an energy that returns ...
  • I Can’t Imagine I can’t imagine the life they are living It must be like having one foot in hell To hear the war sirens blaring in the night To beg and plead for morning light In the morning; the death is still near But it would be better without the darkness Hoping that when light breaks you are still in one piece That the ...
  • For In this Moment In one moment I can see In one moment I can feel and hear Tasting the moment is difficult at times But it is never without flavor In stillness is grace and forgiveness Energy is everywhere to help heal It lifts you up to a new place Where vision is not from the eyes Tomorrow ...
  • A Classic Beauty
  • Me, Myself & I Me, Myself & I
  • Knowing I am loved. I am that “I AM” The birds loudly speak thankfully And drowns out the racing of my heart ringing in my ears and out of myself No place that feels silent, to call home, Home the place that contains comfort Of which my body no longer knows. Hard to be me… I need to ...
  • Chronic pain Support Groups To Me In my search I found You……. In my frightened state…….I found You! Mysterious is the path that we can be placed on, and it’s mystery keeps telling me deeply inside to move forward. I have a fight every day, it is the limitations that are being imposed on my body, ………………………..without my consent. I am not perfect now nor was I ...
  • Summer Delights Summer Delights
  • The Moment (Myra, one of our Outties, has a 14 year old niece who wrote the following four poems after she lost her father.) This is the moment that’s passing you by the one chance you’re going to miss The timing will never be right again it’ll never be better than this You said ...
  • I’d Like to Be I’d like to hear you call my name Whenever your’re alone I’d like to know that you’d be there If I was on my own I’d like to feel your hand in mine When pain is all around I’d like to have the strength you hold To help me off the ground I’d like to have your fingertips To wipe my tears away I’d like ...
  • I Made a Mistake The night is cold, the midnight breeze Blows with in and out the trees I hear a far off roaring sound As I lay here on the ground Pain has overcome my mind Shelter here, I cannot find I cannot move my body is stiff My legs are heavy, they will not lift Why didn’t I think as I ran away? How mother was right ...
  • Friends F-fun to be with R– rambunctiously funny I– incomplete without E-endurance to be with (truthful) N-no one like them D-driven to help S-silly but to the point ÓJennifer Idailia Woodall
  • Peaceful Place Peaceful Place
  • Just One of Those Days Feeling so very sad today. The reason why is EVERYTHING, you know? Just one of those days. I really should be happy for more reasons. More reasons than I can count, but it’s one of those days. Would like to go lie down, but I won’t. Perhaps, I am too stubborn in many ways. But, ...
  • Broken & Still Beautiful Ó 2005 Linda Margaret Nagy  
  • Broken Body My health took my life, crumpled it up and stepped on it. Now all day, all evening at home I sit. It took my energy, my career and my feelings of worth. I feel like my place, my being is no longer on this earth. I feel like I am barely alive; maybe I’m dead. Maybe I should be; for what am I ...
  • Clifford In the Leaves Ó 2005 Linda Margaret Nagy
  • Finding Grace Standing as on the edge of A steep cliff looking down fear and anxiety filling me and sadness is my crown I know that You hold me in the shelter of Your wings That You have redeemed me from my selfish deeds So why Lord am I so afraid that if I stumble and fall that You may turn away and wont hear my hearts call You ...
  • Autumn Leaves Ó 2005 Linda Margaret Nagy
  • All I have I am scared I am lonely I am frightened and in pain, But when you look You will see I am normal just the same. When I hurt you will not see me, When I cry, it will be alone. When my breath is coming shallow Ill just wait it out at home. If I’m silent If I’m quiet If I’m awkward or just weird, Its because ...
  • Statistically Speaking The statistics are false, clearly in this case All the studies that have been done should now be considered a waste. My Uncle Lloyd was an only child, which means a loner he should have been How very wrong they were when this idea began He, without a doubt loved people around ...
  • The World Now Has a Void When you called Uncle Lloyd’s house you’d never know who would answer the phone It might be Wolf Man Jack or Donald Duck, but probably not the voice of his own! Changing his voice was one of  Lloyd’s fortes to make people laugh and smile But he had many other ways because his personality was very versatile You might ...
  • Want to Scream I want to cry For there is nothing To take the pain From deep inside No one can understand Not even myself That from day to day I honestly want to Just kill myself I know I am Put here for a reason And don’t know why Except to give Love and Passion To our fellow man I know God wouldn’t put more on you than You can handle No matter the trauma At times I ...
  • I Never Asked For It You are with me when I sleep You are near me when I wake You go away You always come back Let me sleep in peace Let me wake alone Let me know you will go My bones are aching My muscles are tense My head hurts My heart knows I never asked for you I have to cope I have to take control For you will not go To ...
  • GRAVE Grueling Relentless Anemic Vulnerable Exhume My solemn life grim stance unsolicited tomb gravely useless I remember writing this at a time when I was extremely down. It is a reminder not to go there again. Maureen
  • What do I know? What do I know… I know I get lonesome at times I have only me to be with, You have to really like yourself for those days you’re all alone…with yourself! Fidget and shift, twitch and stitch may be what your day is made up of. It is a retched life at times with only me to be with, Don’t get ...
  • Fall Sprigs Fall Sprigs
  • I Am Free Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free I am following the path God laid for me. I took his hand when I heard him call, I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day To laugh, to love, to work or play. Tasks left undone must stay that way. I found that peace at the close of ...
  • Art by Robin Skinner Art by Robin Skinner
  • Linda’s Art and Photography Linda's Art and Photography
  • Karmen’s Art Show Paintings by artist Karmen Naccarrato. Her paintings, one of a kind, are available for purchase. Please contact us so we can put you in touch with her. Her work is quite extraordinary and she deserves all the accolades, especially since she too is ill with these horrid illnesses!
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