Set Apart

Like the square peg in a round hole.
The black sheep or the broken bowl.
Like one mature student in the class.
The short straw or the ‘Do Not Pass’.
Like the faded actor of prior fame.
The odd one out or the horse now lame.
Parkinson’s sets you apart.

Like the fabled ‘Man in the Moon’.
The ‘unsinkable’ Titanic or Brigadoon.
Like Marilyn Munster or the odd sock.
The ugly duckling or the faulty clock.
Like the mis-matched shade of paint on the wall.
The out of tune singer or the class know-it-all.
Parkinson’s sets you apart.


Like a mountain awaits for its peak to be climbed.
The race to be won or a developing mind.
Like buried treasure about to be found.
The piano concerto or the healed wound, unbound.
Like the young bird’s first flight from the nest.
The conquering hero or doing our best.
‘I’ set Parkinson’s apart.

(c) Deano Parsons. 2019.

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