Monday, October 13, 2008

Thump - Zap - Twitch - Jerk

Today is Columbus Day, a federal holiday, a day which I had intended to sleep late and enjoy some quiet time. Perhaps enjoy some time to collect my missing Words.

Instead I awoke to the sound of a jack-hammer outside my window - thump thump thump.
Seemingly at my headboard - thump thump thump.
I reach for my glasses - thump thump thump.

Look out the window - thump thump thump.
See my neighbor talk to a man in her driveway.
Thump thump thump thump thump thump.

The jack-hammer was being wielded to demolish the driveway - thump thump thump.
Piece by piece, small cracks are made in the surface of the hardtop - thump thump thump.

I curl up in my favorite recliner and begin to make my daily rounds of many blogs.
Thump thump thump thump thump thump.

An hour goes by - thump thump thump. Another hour - thump thump thump.
The sound seems to trigger a spastic muscle on my torso - jerk.

The muscle pulls my ribcage to the right, subtle on the outside, distinct on the inside.
Thump thump thump - Twitch - thump thump thump.

Somehow the relentless noise of the hammer causes electrical circuits to misfire.
Thump thump thump - Zap - Twitch - thump thump thump.

Then a muscle in front of my left shoulder decides to join the action.
Thump thump thump - Zap - Jerk - thump thump thump.

Where have those words gone? The voice in my head is drowned out.
Thump thump thump - Zap - thump thump thump.

What was I trying to read, think, say, comprehend...?
Thump thump - Twitch - thump thump - Jerk - thump thump.

Then after about six hours, the thumping stops. The cloud begins to lift.
My brain suddenly clears and the thoughts return - Twitch.

What a blessing and relief - finally I could think and could read.
Maybe even get around to some writing - Jerk.

However, it was time for music cheerleader duty.

That was my day until about an hour ago.


  1. Awww...I am sorry you were having symptoms. I have been having a lot of cognitive symptoms which are hard to explain. Hope you are feeling better by now.

  2. I'm feeling better. It really did seem to be connected to the noise somehow. I do occasionally have this jerky twitch in my side. Just a little annoying.

    I'm just thinking about the Johnson & Johnson presentation next Tuesday. I did a little post about it at the beginning of the month. Please check it out and let me know your thoughts.