I do my best to carry my own weight

Leaving my whole body shaking and sore

Heart raw from straining and flexing


Gravity pulls hard

With little time for rest

I gasp for oxygen


Until I lose my breath and stumble

The heaviness shifting and starting to fall

Threatening to pull me under again


She embraces me

Whispering love


So that I am able to steady my walk

Squaring my shoulders under the burden

Reassured in my precarious footing


She ignites flames

That illuminate my soul

So that I may move


The dark and heavy are challenging

But her will to see me through is my revival

Humbling me on my road to survival