Wednesday Poetry – Tendonitis


Just an inflammation of
the imagination.
As the brain works
and muse inspires,
the tendon feels every letter.

Every thought turned to pain.
Arm burns with creativity.
Mind’s clear thoughts
brought to painful birth
as muscle and tendons
move across the keys.

With each keystroke
the pain of failed vision
becomes a desolation of thoughts
that will never see the light
in a reader’s eye.
As the fire in mind
is drowned by fiery arm
imagination turns to ice.

Cooling ice
throbbing rest
ineffective pills
turn the desire of words
to tears of torment
as the writer is driven from this page.

I have a tendency to get tendonitis in my arm.  I’ve got it bad this week.  It comes from overuse at the keyboard and from using certain tools in my workshop couple with being over the hill.  That means that I don’t have any workshop pictures this week and can’t write much this week, so you get a poem I wrote a few months ago during my last bout this this fun.  Well I am off to get ice, pills and rest.

If you need me – I’ll be whimpering in the corner.

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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31 Responses to Wednesday Poetry – Tendonitis

  1. booguloo says:

    It’s a pain. Got one of those logitech boards don’t help much either. Can we change the three suggestions of our work on the like screen?

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  2. nimi naren says:

    Sorry to hear this, Andrew.Take care


  3. Oh no! A great poem, one that can only be written from experience unfortunately. Do feel better soon.


  4. koehlerjoni says:

    I hope you feel better soon.


  5. JoHanna Massey says:

    I have had my dance with Tendinitis. So painful. Never inspired me to good poetry! I simply moaned, groaned, and indulged in ice packs and bad TV.

    Your poem does say it so eloquently.

    Will hold down cyberspace and await your return.

    My best to you.


  6. Andrea M Alexander says:

    Great poem!


  7. pommepal says:

    Hope you’re improving. I have similar in my ankle/foot, bursitis… Yuk… at least I can still use the computer, but restricts walking, over the hill!!!


  8. artseafartsea says:

    I’ve been there, know the drill. Sorry for your plight; loved the poem though.


  9. How long does that last? And how do you keep it from recurring? This getting old is just not what I had imagined.


    • A typical attack can be anywhere from a few days to a couple of months. Depends on how bad it is when it starts to hurt and what triggered it. Prevention is three basic things: Limiting time on the computer and using tools like screwdrivers; correct ergonomic setup for you computer; Physical Therapy to strengthen the arm.

      The use of braces and an elbow strap also help. But mostly it’s recognizing the early signs and getting off the computer and out of the shop before the tendons get inflamed.


  10. Carrie Rubin says:

    Sorry to hear it. Hope it heals up quickly. So frustrating when our bodies keep us from doing what we want them to.


  11. Allan G. Smorra says:

    Voice-to-text may become your new best friend, Andrew. I hope that youfeel better soon.


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