Tuesday, September 9, 2014


For more than a decade,
I required steroids to keep breathing.

But  in mid- June,
there was a new miracle drug
that actually worked.

Three injections later,
I’m two weeks steroid free
and the itchy, red eruptions that plagued me
since adolescence only feature in nightmares.

With skin clear as a Wyoming night,
I ponder shopping for shorts and tank tops.
And, today, along with my overgrown
afro frizz gone wrong, my prednisone induced facial hair
descended into my barber’s floor.

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