Perception Softens

A single tear
white-hot acid
announces self pity
abhorrent emotion

midday body crashed
I am foul-minded, drag-down
unreasonable…spiteful

shut my eyes against
a world of able-bodies
immune to the struggle

loathe this weakness
this intolerable disconnect –
body/mind detached from will

futility reality’s wall
could cry…will not cry
this day is not done.

Later, tasks accomplished –
I pushed through –
I sleep, awaken to nightfall

Soft pinks and blues
in a cottony sky
greet me – beauty
offering serenenity

and for a brief moment
a tinge of admiration surfaces
for the woman who survived
this day.

(Perception Softens first appeared here October 2018. I resubmit it here for my weekly challenge: soft. Image my own.)

I challenged myself (and you) this week to consider soft as contrast to the troublesome times. True to form, each entry brought a particular take on the prompt, and helped soften each day. Thanks to all who participated. Please check the entries below:

Heart to Heart, Textures in fall
I Write Her, His Royal Cuteness
A Shared Space, Like Hope
Our Eyes Open, Feathery Soft
PURPLEINPORTLAND, Softness
Reena Saxena, Soft Touch
radhikasreflection, Beyond The Comfort Zone!
MMAStoryTime, The New Guy
Eugi’s Causerie II, Options
parallax, Shaping
EASTELMHURST.A.GO.GO, Hardship
Blog of Hammad Rais, Eyes Softly Shut
Sgeoil, Morning Commute
Sgeoil, Softly Goes the World – A List Poem

See you tomorrow for a new challenge!

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Permission to write, paint, and imagine are the gifts I gave myself when chronic illness hit - a fair exchange: being for doing. Relevance is an attitude. Humour essential.

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