The American Journal of Poetry
"Strong Rx Medicine"®


Andrew Laurence Graney

Multiple Sclerosis Diary


Dec. 17


My left foot stayed dead

cold for much of today,

like I have one foot

already in winter.


Dec. 18


Focusing is like trailing smoke

as it meets its afterlife.


Dec. 19


Annual MRI today.


My cold left foot cannot escape the feeling

that I’m wearing too small a shoe,

but my shoes fit. And I’m barefoot.


Dec. 20


Fatigue rises and descends

like two hands coming together

to flatten a fly.


Dec. 21


The doctor calls. My brain’s

lesions continue to grow, he tells me.

I repeat the words again

and again: continue to grow.




ANDREW LAURENCE GRANEY received in his MFA in Creative Writing from Seattle Pacific University in 2018. His work has been published in Redheaded Stepchild, Philadelphia Stories, Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry, Saint Katherine Review, and elsewhere. He is from Wilmington, DE.


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