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David King

DE PROFUNDIS 
A Series of Poems Tempered by Fahr's Disease

by David King


De Profundis is a series of poems exploring the author’s progression in Fahr’s Disease in both literal and figurative effects. The series of one-hundred-four poems represent the intense mental challenges of coming to terms with this disease. The book focuses on raw emotions and the effects of denial, anger, bargaining, despair, and acceptance of this incurable and inoperable disorder. The series of poems employs strong imagery, reflections from childhood, references to nature, and unique imagery to present the author’s internal dialogue of despair and reconciliation

 


The author suffers from Fahr’s Disease, Primary Familial Brain Calcification: a syndrome that is caused by calcium deposits on the basal ganglia or cerebral cortex. Its physical manifestations consist of features like Parkinson’s: muscle tremors, muscle stiffness, diminished voice, dis-coordination of fine muscle movements, dementia, diminished memory, and other muscular, physiological, and psychological symptoms. 


Sample Poems

     2.

 

I wear

my denial

like a worn

 

flannel suit:

 

creased

in forgetfulness

 

moth-eaten

in memories.



     23.

 

The

muezzin calls

from the minaret,

 

a rabbi

chants the Torah,

 

a priest

counts rosaries

mumbling inflected

Latin

 

While

Luther nails

95 theses

 

to

a splintered door,

 

but

I

can not

find God

 

in these forms

 

because

of

what

I am:

 

Am I

 

sin

or

sinner?

 


              

     55.

 

The

mockingbird trills

 

a stolen melody

 

that echoes

 

from earth to heaven

 

believing

 

that

the blind fates

 

will not mistake her

 

 

for

the thieving crow

 

or

melancholy nightingale.

 




David King is a retired English teacher who writes occasional verses with an emphasis on strong imagery and characterization. His current projects include series of poems on ​the New Jersey Turnpike, Asbury Park, New Jersey, and Boone, North Carolina, soon to be published as Turnpike Suite and Rural Traces. He currently lives in Spartanburg, South Carolina where his pursuits involve Civil War and Revolutionary War studies, the history of colonial churches, bird watching, and road trips in a two-seater sports car. 

 

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