‘an abnormality of the functioning of the autonomic (involuntary) nervous system,’

another one;

a condition common

with my co-morbidities,

nothing I’d not guessed

we already do much of what they say I should,

I laugh during the tests;

“Don’t get up too fast,” he says

smiling knowingly – as if I could,

and we wheel away,

the day is bright,

we eat and take in art

so this day will be remembered

for its light, not the gruesome parts

for, until recently, I thought one thing in me

was strong; the system and working of my heart.

It seems this system too is shaky

But the will to love and live is not.


Antonia Sara Zenkevitch

(Another diagnosis today, and another poem. )


  1. Trust everything went okay Antonia. A poem from the heart.

    1. antoniazen says:

      Thank you for your kindness! Another diagnosis today, neither welcome nor unexpected because it often comes with gubbins we already know I have . Poems help me process. πŸ™‚

  2. Olga says:

    That’s all you can do, is celebrate the light whenever the opportunity arises. That tree is a wonderful symbol of your will to love and live.

    1. antoniazen says:

      Thank you Olga! πŸŒ³πŸ’œ

  3. willowdot21 says:

    Take my hand offered in friendship
    Help yourself to my strength I have enough to share.
    Fill every day with joy and life. Be the best that you are.πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

    1. antoniazen says:

      Thank you so much, Willow! What a lovely thing to share, you have such a good heart. πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

      1. willowdot21 says:

        I mean it πŸ’œ

      2. antoniazen says:

        Thank you, that means a lot! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’œπŸ’œ

      3. willowdot21 says:


  4. V.J. Knutson says:

    The lists grows and you write – a good recipe for resiliency. Take care.

    1. antoniazen says:

      Thank you, you too!

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