Quiet Fortitude

You were never weak, dear soul.

Not for one moment, not for one breath,

Not even when the relentless dark persisted

Unforgivingly casting shadows of doubt in your mind

About your innate goodness, your brightness of soul,

Even during the nights you fell apart in quiet agony

Feverishly piecing together fragments of a broken heart,

You were never weak, you were never frail.

Tenacity glows in the puddles of your footprints

Left behind after trudging through a resistance of storms

Grace lingers in the ground where you shed your tears

Leaving a trail of vibrant wildflowers behind

And whether by force or willing compliance,

You have walked the bitter path painfully but resolved

A force for betterment in a world of stagnancy

Tired but not hopeless

Refined but not lost

Toughened by experience

A heart wisened but soft.

Published by Quietest Poet

Writer, mother, counselor, flower gardener, recipe seeker, and Netflix lover.

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