My Body, My Judas

He feels it coming on and the fear shows in his eyes
Arms and legs once again flail followed by that desperate yell
The uncontrolled body rolls and leg thrusting kicks once again arise
He is at the mercy of it all and caught in his own living hell

Arms and legs begin to flail followed by that desperate yell
If only he could make it stop and have that sense of peace
He is at the mercy of it all and caught in his own living hell
The look on his face mirrors his despair and the need to make it cease

If only he could make it stop and have that sense of peace
Caught by his own demons, his misery is apparent
The look on his face mirrors his despair and the need to make it cease
Abandoned by all sensibility his body reacts without his consent

Caught by his own demons, his misery is apparent
To him his own mind has become his forsaking Judas
Abandoned by all sensibility his body reacts without his consent
For him reason and his will in this existence is ignored and worthless

For him all he asks is for a brief moment of relief
He feels it coming on and the fear shows in his eyes
Again and again it comes sending him into his lonesome grief
The uncontrolled body rolls and leg thrusting kicks once again arise

This poem is a reflection of what my son experiences with his Tourette Syndrome.
This poem is a Pantoum which consists of a series of quatrains rhyming ABAB in which the second and fourth lines of a quatrain recur as the first and third lines in the succeeding quatrain; each quatrain introduces a new second rhyme as BCBC, CDCD. The first line of the series recurs as the last line of the closing quatrain, and third line of the poem recurs as the second line of the closing quatrain, rhyming ZAZA.  The poem can have as many stanzas as you wish, but the ending stanza then repeats the second and fourth lines of the previous stanza (as its first and third lines), and also repeats the third line of the first stanza, as its second line, and the first line of the first stanza as its fourth.
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