World Parkinson’s Day – a Sonnet by Will Boag

The world has set aside a day to share

What it means to live with this disease

Reflecting now to make us all aware

Of symptoms: we might shake or simply freeze.

Its silence means we might not know we’re caught;

Its slowness gives us hope that there’s much space;

Its persistence shows that time is gold but short;

Its weakness felt but fails to leave a trace.

They say a cure may come in few short years

But knowing others care and understand

Can make life rich and take away the fears

And motivate our minds to lend a hand.

Then it’s up to us to search and find a way

To make good use of World Parkinson’s Day.