We Russle, Tussle You and I

Published by kappello on

We Rustle, Tussle You and I:

We rustle, tussle as I awake, and even as I sleep.

We engage in a battle of wills,

If the heavens smile on me that day, well, I am the victor.

If they don’t, the pain will piece, it will pierce into my very soul.

We rustle, we tussle, you and I, even as I sleep,

As the various pharmacy work to calm,

To calm the waves, pins needles of fire and pain,

Sleeping soundly, often a fleeting thing,

Something hoped for,  prayed for, Amen.


We tussle, we tussle you and I, have done so for so long now,

Fibromyalgia, my constant companion,

Yet, I will not let the final victory, the final victory be yours.

You see, in the end, at the end of the day my faith sets me free,

And I have wings to fly, wings to fly.


We russle, we tussle you and I.

We may do so till the end of my time,

Yet I have no rancor, no shacking of firsts at the heavens.

You see, in the end, at the end of the day my faith sets me free,

And I have wings to fly, wings to fly, Amen.


This poem is one I wrote that reflects my day to day journey through fibromyalgia.  It really is like a russle and tussle day to day and it is faith that keeps me in flight, that keeps me a fighting warrior, refusing to give in, give up.  Yes, those of us can outwardly look fine, but inwardly our body is a constant battle with the syndrome that is like a phantom haunting life every day in some way.


Born in New Jersey, August 1965, this Italian-American has always had a great interest in music, particularly the Oldies, Country and Ethnic music, including Irish. For over 10 years Ms. Appello passionately taught ESL to students of varying ages. Grounded if her faith and spirituality, Katherine endured a range of issues, including a great deal of pain, which was finally diagnosed to be associated with Fibromyalgia. The essence and the power of music, of words, allow Katherine to overcome these struggles each and every time. We are all blessed to have Katherine’s strength, wisdom, and words to write “Pray For Me Tonight’