Determination, Endurance, Living with Disability, Living with TBI, Perseverance, Poem, Poet, Poetry, TBI
It’s another poem today. I do have other types of blog posts planned but I’m still in the researching/planning phase and, now that I’m back at work, that’s slow going.
I’ve mentioned my car accident in an earlier post and spoken a little of my traumatic brain injury. I’ll spare you a litany of my ills but will say life with a TBI is difficult. These difficulties combined with the chronic pain from my other injuries makes it easy for me to get overwhelmed. I was feeling overwhelmed this weekend because of a task I had to complete and wasn’t sure what to do, how I’d find the information I needed, if I’d even be able to complete it, and a poem began to form.
I’m calling this one Idiom and wish to note this poem is in no way intended to condone the eating of elephants 😉 Rather, I hope it encourages anyone going through a difficult time.
Now I sit me down to work
For I must complete this task
And I hope that it goes seamlessly
Is that too much to ask?
I’m not sure that I have all I need
Or if I can ever get this right
But I cannot eat an elephant
Without taking this first bite.
A long road lies before me
I’m exhausted before I start
There is no other option
But to somehow find the heart
That will enable to me to walk it.
It winds as far as I can see
But I know it’s one step at a time
That completes a thousand mile journey.
A great darkness falls around me
Rock walls encompass me left and right
I can barely see the next step
Moving forward takes all my might.
I fear what could wait up ahead
What enemies, pain, and strife
But I also know it’s on death’s valley floor
Where I gather the Pearls of Life.
TBI is a fight like no other ❤️You said it yourself, one step at a time. I loved the last two lines too; it really is in darkness that we find our light. Also, just thought I’d throw out that ‘1 Pink Concussions’ Women’s Group’ is a great Facebook group for women suffering from TBI, mTBI, post-concussion syndrome 😊
Thank you! I’ll check it out.
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