By Michael W. Raley
Unless someone has walked your same path,
They can never fully understand
What you’re going through
And the struggles you face.
The fatigue you fought just to get out of bed.
The pep talk you gave your anxious self just to leave the house.
The chronic sickness that fights you every step of the way.
The inflammation that reminds you of the pain.
The thoughts that you suppress and fight
As you try to live life as a fully-functional person.
You try to enjoy the present moment,
Only to be haunted by the past
Or receive a harbinger from the future.
You have faith, you hope, and pray,
But the silence lingers day after day.
You know you need to make a change,
Yet remain in the quicksand of malaise.
You seek to make today a better day,
However, the forecast looks like more of the same.