Be Proud

be proud of your
struggle - the voice said
be proud your
breath is hard, that
you have not landed
on your feet - be
proud of the bearing
in the morning the
pain on waking the
full tide racing - be
not afraid of all
seen and  done, heard
and gone, life, life
has hit you full
in the face, O
blessed one, O
blessed one
The Teetering Woman
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