THE VALOUR OF EVERYDAY LIVING

valour

It is a dubious and sobering ability
to enter through the eyes of those who live
their everyday experience of continuous pain.

To enter into their experience
and for a time make their pain your own.
To enter into their experience
and know more and more of their intense valour
by just being here for another day!

Pain and resilience
Pain and determination
Pain and one breath more!

Walking the hour by hour tight-rope
between the intensity of acute pain
and a brain that is determind to have
an edge of aliveness.

i stand with amazement
before you sisters and brothers.
You who seek to live past your pain
with a steady resilience.
Your valour of living everyday
the valour of living just one more day
with purpose!

JOHN CRANMER

 

Image: Takashi M/Flickr

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