huntington’s marionette

Psychiatry 2: Student Daze – Poem 32

she is young
perhaps forty years old
but in with the psycho-geriatrics

huntington’s chorea
makes her dance
in a long slow death
that steals the mind
before it takes the body

she is drooling

and for the duration
of a six-week long
rostered placement
has possession
of my breaking heart

© Frank Prem, 2016

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11 thoughts on “huntington’s marionette

    • Thanks Roland. Yes, I can’t remember being so moved by the hopeless plight of anyone else in my career. I recall a lot of discussion about the best time to press the button for suicide or assisted dying – student talk – and how we all felt she’d missed a trick and lived too long.

      It was pretty gruesome.


  1. God, yes. Huntingdon’s, along with Parkinson’s and MS are probably the cruellest of diseases – taking the body whilst the mind has no choice but to watch what happens. I worked with some patients with that, and I just wanted to weep.

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  2. When I was in my twenties I had a friend whose mother was diagnosed with Huntingtons. My friend told me that she knew she could get it as well and the she was having to tell her husband they could not have children because it could pass them. I think that this disease and any that takes the body away but leaves the mind still functioning ( Lou Gheriig;s/ALS) are just so depressing. I agree that this is what leads to thoughts of assisted suicide as a release and a good way out.

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