Day after day, we’re doing ‘just fine.’
Following routines keeps us in line.
Then one day a blip in the static,
My thoughts go awry, my emotions erratic.
I thought I was living far away from the ledge,
But as it turns out my toe’s on the edge.
One health scare turned my head around,
I’m shocked to find no sign of the ground.
Proud to be tough, resilient, and stoic,
Right now I’m feeling miles from heroic.
An errant thought leads to one small tear,
Leads to many more, and more, I fear.
If only I had an impenetrable shield,
A sword of immunity that I could wield.
Superhero strength to protect my young,
A hide of leather that can’t get stung.
But, alas, we are human, limitations and all.
The best we can do is try not to fall.
And if we do, then we try to land first,
And protect our children from getting the worst.
Turn ourselves around and rally our powers,
Soak in the warmth and smell the flowers.
Climb back up that hill, take a big step in,
Set up a sturdy camp for the next whirlwind.