Like the square peg in the round hole
The black sheep or the broken bowl
Like one mature student in the class
The short straw or the met impasse
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 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) Dean G. Parsons. 2017.

As broadcast on radio. June 2019.


6 Responses

  1. You share so much kindness, healing and hope, I wish I could reflect some of it back to you like a mirror.

    • Hi Anna, That is very kind of you to say. Thank you for reading and for commenting. Your kind words have indeed reflected that back. Much appreciated.

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