Born Ill

from by Micah Bournes

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Elisha Rock Younger,
my nephew, 3 weeks old,
was born with several disabilities.
He can't speak, he can't walk,
he is emotionally unstable,
erupting into fits of rage
with no explanation.
He can't even control his own bowel movements.

There's no way he'll survive without the ever-present care and love of others.

The doctor said it could take
18 to 20 years until
he MIGHT be a fully
functioning person,
and even then, it's a huge maybe.
Some individuals born with his
affliction go their entire lives
and never quite grow out of it.

Adult in size yet clumsy in speech at best.
That handicap alone creates great
heartache and dangers.
And his feet may learn to walk,
but they'll often drag when they should march,
and run when they should stand in confidence.

The emotional instability is a deceitful
symptom of his condition.
It seems to level out during joyful childhood,
only to return with ferocious intensity
in the teenage years,
and often worsens until death.

Thankfully the
doctors are optimistic concerning his
digestive control,
if there is one thing most learn to
do well, it's crap.

But Elisha, beloved nephew,
you must accept the truth,
you were born ill,
you will suffer for life.

Yet there is nothing
you must endure that others born in
your unfortunate state have not overcome.

Believe that God exists.
Believe that Love can be.
For these...
For this...
For He, is the only hope of relief
from our hopeless disease.


from Alive & Ill, released June 25, 2014
Sponsored by World Relief
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by E.M.J. of AlterBoy Productions
Album artwork by Lindsey Taylor



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