I know not how I crossed this trail
and brought with me its fearsome hail
Yet I must unfurl my spirit's sail
and disregard a banshee's wail.
My world comes crashing down my shoulders
weights like dew drops masked as boulders.
reminding me how I have grown older
though I face an enemy growing colder.
An enemy of my flesh which I did choose
that steals my stance with each new bruise.
I rise each time, my will renews
my spirit peppered with pain tattooes.
I flex a back and pay my dues
I know not how my God shall use.
How strange to feel my teeth come forth.
My lips curl back, my eyes turn north
the joy of knowing my spirit's worth
My strength held by eternal mirth.
Though I set my heart, my eyes, my tools
for lofty goals inside their rules
I struggle with traps of biblical fools;
unravelling webs of infinite spools.
So I set my mind to improve its range
and quicken its skills both known and strange.
And rest in God's grasp, my nature to change
a horrible, festering, invisible mange.
I spread my fingers to receive God's favor
and the tribulation my life holds to savor.
With each pain endured, I'm that much braver.
Growing ever close to my tomb's engraver.
My sleep forsaken, my health set aside
All nigh but forgotten my worldly pride.
Despite my backward, momentary slides,
I press on to the mark, my savior's bride.