In the midst

In the midst

The trees are dark
and closing in

You don’t know how
you found yourself
here
but you did

You are tired
you stumble
and overcome
by exhaustion
slump to the ground

The reality of life
is overwhelming
there is no clear
path ahead
just this place
in these woods
in the gloom

May you know
that it is okay
to find yourself
here
on the forest floor

May you not reject
your emotions
the pain
the anger
the sorrow
but pull them over you
like a soft blanket

May you know how
very strong
you are
just by getting up
each day

And when you
look up
may you see
a soft light
penetrating
the shadow

ember

ember

hope is an ember
that glows faintly in the hearth

its feeble flicker
signs of its struggle
before it subsides
into cold ash

lean close,
breathe on it
gently,
carefully

bring it
to life
again

Jodie McCarthy