By Michael W. Raley
Never again will I underestimate my inner strength and abilities
To face the hard times, the trials, and the calamities.
For during the times of inner torment and violence,
I sought outside of me, only to hear thunderous silence.
The coming conflicts were charging at me, I could feel it in the air,
Yet I was left alone, straddled with having to prepare
With no grand plan in place
The obstacles still needed to be faced.
There were times my resolve went into remission
As I sank further into an already deep depression.
Deep down I was determined to stand my ground,
Despite the onslaught of incoming rounds.
There were many times when my body and soul cried into the night,
Yet, I reached down and somehow fought the fight.
We never know what fate holds in its hand,
But I have overcome and for that, I’m a better man.