The Mountain

Richard L — Lansdale, Pennsylvania, Onset: July 2016 (70)

To my PRP friends having a bad time right now.

 The Mountain
If the mountain seems too big today
then climb a hill instead
if the morning brings you sadness

it’s ok to stay in bed

If the day ahead weighs heavy
and your plans feel like a curse
there’s no shame in rearranging

don’t make yourself feel worse


If a shower stings like needles

and a bath feels like you’ll drown
if you haven’t washed your hair for days

don’t throw away your crown


A day is not a lifetime
a rest is not defeat
don’t think of it as failure

just a quiet, kind retreat


It’s ok to take a moment
from an anxious, fractured mind
the world will not stop turning

while you get realigned

The mountain will still be there
when you want to try again
you can climb it in your own time

just love yourself til then.

 © Laura Ding-Edwards, 2019