The Beast Does What Tyson Once Did

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as hard as I fight

as far as Type-One technology has come

between jabs, he bites off part of your ear


it’s the diabolical nature of The Beast


constantly check my number

consistently count my carbs

carefully calculate my dose 


still, at times, I drop urgently low 

and my body, so bitter 

wants to surrender the KO


But again, I demand, “stand before ten!”

rush to sweeten up my blood

get up, and go another round with him



©️ Candice Reineke 2018


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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Fri 2nd Nov 2018 11:01

OMG! I had no idea of this entry! Kind of on the same thought line, aren't we? I feel kind of terrible, but it is sheer coincidence. This is an excellent piece.

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Candice Reineke

Mon 29th Oct 2018 12:47

You’re welcome, Taylor! Thank you for your comment. ?

Awe, so you get it, Rachel! Yes, the hypoglycemia that comes with T1D can have various, bizarre effects on your body, depending on the day. Sometimes it just sneaks up on you and doesn’t play by the rules, much like Mike Tyson did when he took a bite out of Evander Holyfield’s ear in that infamous 1997 fight. I remember watching on tv, as a kid, and couldn’t believe what I was seeing. ??

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Taylor Crowshaw

Mon 29th Oct 2018 08:12

Thank you for this insight...?


Mon 29th Oct 2018 01:28

I have no experience with type one diabetes, though I have encountered some debilitating lows concerning blood sugar--some simply made me somewhat volatile, others entailed a rush to the kitchen while my sight darkened to almost nothingness.

The description is very effective, Candice--we should all be so informed of our personal physiologies.


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