#9: Dear friend: My amazing ninja warrior. (a poem)
Dear friend: My amazing ninja warrior.
Thank you, friend.
There is power in connection.
When I woke to day, your message was there to greet me.
I didn't get out of bed at just that moment
because I was still too dizzy
and I have to sit still
in my bed
when I'm dizzy
lest I fall.
But while I was still
shaking off the dizziness
I looked at your message again.
And there it was: a sparkly, swirly, heart-shaped reminder that I have value.
And it was just for me.
I did not have to share it with my therapist,
I did not have to portion it or pair it with components,
I did not have to think about it,
I did not have to quickly fashion a reply.
I did not have to grieve its existence,
and I did not have to table it for later.
It was ready for me. I was ready for it.
And we set forth in to day.
It is important
had I not woken up this way
I may not have gotten on my way at all.
It's not so much that I accomplished much today.
It's that I still felt worth getting up for.
I am learning to say thank you more often than I say please,
and I am also learning to say anything at all,
and I am learning to internalize your love for me.
Thank you, friend, for your friendship.
You are expanding my wildest concept of kinship.
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