At the edge of the days

We know the tricks of wind, yet
remain defenseless against
it’s wielding wand of madness,
meager effort to patch the wounds
each time, with awe and sorrow,
as if it were our fate. No way to curve
it before the damage. Only E.T. can do?
Hopeful it’s not a trite fantasy,
someday we’ll get there.
With unfinished project in the dust,
we welcome new waves,
dabble with odd possibility.
Some scars imbue the light into
our confused souls,
at the edge of the days
we glow with green,
enjoy more of our differences.

┬ęBy Byung A. Fallgren

limitation

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How far must
we go to achieve
the goal? He says you
must do it as if your life
depend on it. That means
sleep only three hours if it’s
necessary. Shaking her head,
she sleeps six hours, working
as best as she can. Years later,
he is in the heaven, watching
his survivors enjoying the
big fortune he left behind,
while she’s with her
children,
relishing
her small fortune.

By Byung A. Fallgren

 

Haystack Pride

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From the tender green
to the golden stack,
memories of the dreamy calls of
our sprinkler-lady, pivoted,
arms stretched across the pasture,
diligent irrigation, all through
the days of miserable heat,
spirit of a tough matriarch,
redolent alfalfa and grass, quiet
submission to be harvested,
stars count as our stacks grow.
Summed up in one mound, we
dream of our rebirth in the circle
of time, purposeful, reciprocal,
the late-greens for winter
wanderers. Natural order abided.

By Byung A. Fallgren

backyard not for Granny

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Rascals are back
to school, memories of
the summer behind,
ghost stories on tent-nights,
trampoline games by day,
cry of the loser sister, still
echoing in the empty backyard.
Next door granny smiles, recalling
the immigrant boy’s fair leadership
for the whole gang, brief visit of
Martin Luther King Jr. boyhood.
Trampolin beckons her in
temptation, she sneaks into it.
Alas, her back screams
at the first leap, the little girl
inside her vanishes
into the ancient time.

By Byung A. Fallgren

Plantar fasciitis

Recently I've been suffering from Plantar fasciitis (plan-tur fas-e-itis) 
that causes heel pain. In case you have this heel pain and don't know what 
it is, I took some information from Mayo Clinic staffs.

PLANTAR FASCIITIS is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It 
involves inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the
bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes (plantar
fascia). Plantar fasciitis causes stabbing pain that usually occurs 
with your first steps in the morning. As you get up and move, the
pain normally decreases, but it might return after long period of 
standing or after rising from sitting. Plantar fasciitis is common
in runners, people who are overweight and those who wear shoes with
inadequate support have an increased risk of plantar fasciitis. 

TREATMENT

Most people who have plantar fasciitis recover with conservative 
treatments, including resting, icing the painful area and stretching
in several months.

MEDICATIONS

Pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil, Mortrin IB, others) and
naproxen sodium (Aleve) can ease the pain and inflammation 
associated with plantar fasciitis. 

THERAPIES

Stretching and stretching exercises or use of specialized devices
may provide symptom relief. These include:

*physical therapy
 
Exercise to stretch the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon and 
to strengthen lower leg muscles, which stabilize your ankle and
hee. You can also apply athletic taping to support the bottom
of your foot.

*Night splints

A physical therapist or doctor might recommend that you wear
a splint that stretches your calf and the arch of your foot
while you sleep. This holds the plantar fascia and Achilles
tendon in a lengthened position overnight and facilitates 
stretching.

LIFESTYLE AND HOME REMEDIES

To reduce the pain of plantar fasciitis, 

*Maintain a healthy weight
*Choose supportive shoes. Avoid high heels. Don't go barefoot,
especially on hard surfaces. 
*Don't wear worn-out athletic shoes.
*Change your sport. Try a low-impact sport, swimming, bicycling,
instead of walking or jogging. 
*Apply ice. Hold a cloth-covered ice pack over the area of pain 
for 15 to 20 minutes three times a day or after activity. Try
ice massage. Freeze a water-filled paper cup and roll it over
the site of discomfort for five to seven minutes.
*Stretch your arches. 

Source: Mayo Clinic 
Posted by Byung A. Fallgren
*Note: This is for information only. When you have a heel pain
seeing your doctor might be the best.