MS poem, “Scars”

As MS Awareness Month comes to a close, April will welcome a month I have come to appreciate, National Poetry Month.  After April, I will keep looking at the “Invisible Issues” faced by many of us. Today, though, I’ll transition from the month about MS to the month that celebrates poetry. So here I will share a free verse poem I wrote two years ago:


Multiple Sclerosis.
Many Scars.
a Misbehaving System is what I call it.
You can call it what you wish.

Cells that should kill germs harm others instead, and what do they leave behind?
What do they take away?
Energy. Control. Ability. Freedom.

“It’s all in your head,” you say.
And I agree.
With scars in my head,
I sometimes wonder what’s left.
Besides scars.

But then I hear an inner voice, one of assurance:
“Scars are not alone. When you look, you’ll find unexpected gifts:
The gift of empathy to offer an ear to hear of invisible pain, filled with frustration and hard to see with the outer eye.
The gift of peace beyond understanding, easier to feel when busy-ness is forced aside and stillness found.
The gift of love you’ll feel as dear ones see through and beyond your scars, and the truest love, shown through one whose scars bring new life.”

More than Scars.
That’s what I call it.
You can call it what you wish.



  1. Jane Sauer said,

    April 1, 2015 at 1:46 am

    Beautiful, Angie. Thanks for sharing.

    Sent from my iPad


  2. April 1, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Glad to read this again, Angie. Prayed for you this a.m. We need to get together!

  3. Sheryl Bishop said,

    April 1, 2015 at 8:31 am

    beautiful expression … thank you so much … prayers for you, Angie

  4. Rita Koch said,

    April 1, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    Powerful message. Beautiful words. Thanks for sharing this.

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