Robin Morgan is a poet, and she happens to have Parkinson’s Disease.

In her poem ‘No Signs of Struggle’ she describes how PD causes many aspects of life to get smaller – posture, gesture, speed of movement, handwriting, even facial expression. She feels it, and she sees it in her clinic companions.

But her poem also expresses a sense of something beautiful: because someone with Parkinson’s Disease needs to concentrate so intently to achieve each and every movement that was previously automatic, and this in turn entails a mindful being in the present which was previously impossible in the daily ‘clutter’ of life.

The poem expresses it much better than this, and Robin recites it here in her TED talk:

 

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