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Crash and Ride

May 19, 2019

I interviewed Susie Ulrey from the band Pohgoh! She's a guitarist and singer/songwriter who is living with Multiple Sclerosis. She's a huge inspiration to me as she continues to create great art and thrive despite living with a disease that robs her of her mobility and peace of mind. After our interview, she sent me this fantastic poem and I asked her if I could include it in the show notes:
The Thing Is | Ellen Bass  
to love life, to love it
when you have no 
stomach for it and everything you’ve 
held dear 
crumbles like burnt 
paper in your hands, 
your throat filled with the 
silt of it. 
When grief sits with you, 
its tropical heat 
thickening the air, heavy 
as water 
more fit for gills than 
when grief weights you 
like your own flesh 
only more of it, an 
obesity of grief, 
you think, How can a 
body withstand this? 
Then you hold life like a 
between your palms, a 
plain face, 
no charming smile, no 
violet eyes, 
and you 
say, yes, I will 
take you 
I will love you, again.
You can listen to Pohgoh here: