My road began
In March of 2009
I felt a searing pain in my right hip
Alas I loaded additional weight.

I went downhill
One by one by two
Minutes added to my journey
Not knowing what was my fate.

A new diagnosis
Good news and bad news
A surgery date near.

Words I had never heard
Impingement, torn cartilage
My rehabilitation fear.

My surgeon
Hands of a magician
Repairing a tin-man not
Once, not twice, but thrice.

Two hips and
One knee, four years of
Ambulatory pacing
On my road to recovery
My demons I’m chasing.