When we stand up to life no matter how hard
square off with the day, what comes our way
while we ache with a sadness that will not subside,
and the goals we must reach seem so very far
as the clouds and the thunder hold sway.
When we put on our game face though we are afraid
because so many things can go wrong,
and we smile and pretend as we try to fend
and downplay these emotions displayed
with no clue where our journey will end.
When forces of nature silence our song
and threaten to eat out our soul;
when we’re overcome and we’re left feeling numb
spinning out of control as we’re pitching headlong
that we’ve somehow lost sight of our goal…
We pause and we watch our emotions unfurl
trying to focus on what is at hand;
defying the darkness, the fog that feels hopeless,
as we step to the plate once again,
with our sword in our hand to defend.
For we are all warriors no matter our battle
when push comes to shove we must stand
let the passion that guides us well up inside us
the troubles that plague us be damned
as the warrior inside takes command.
© Ginny Brannan 2019