"I Can Do This Much Today"
On this journey, I have grieved and I have fallen.
I have closed my heart to love when it was calling.
But I have dreamed, and I have dreamed with my eyes open.
I yearn to dance in my mind’s streams and walk on my heart’s oceans.
At times, I feel restless, and my heart feels swollen.
Some days I'd just like a hole to crawl in.
My aches and pains tell me “You won’t get up today,”
But I command my feet, and little by little, they obey.
Because I will give what I can today.
It may not be much, but I think that's okay.
I will try to stand on my own two feet.
I may not start running, but I’ll get out of my seat.
Fear and uncertainty will not cripple me today.
I’ve conquered so much already, so I think I’ll be okay.
One moment, I’m laughing and the next, the tears are falling.
Will I be able to accept love the next time it comes calling?
I can and I will, because I still dream one day at a time, and I keep dreaming with my eyes open.
I will spin like a child beneath my mind’s blue skies, and my heart will keep on hoping.
Because I will do what I can today.
It may not be much, but it will be okay.
Today, I will stand on my own two feet.
Maybe I’m not running, but at least I'm out of my seat.
Anxiety and depression won’t hold me down today.
I have fared many wars, already,
So I KNOW I will be okay.
- KATHERINE A. GRANLUND