no matter
how hard
you try
you just
aren’t able
to crawl
out of the sadness
find your goodness
be that
radiant light

no matter
how hard
you kick
your Doc Martens
at life,
it just kicks
right back
… with steel toed
work boots

I believe
in cycles
in the ebbing
and flowing
of mystical,
magical
cosmic
energies
of catching
that perfect
wave
and riding
it in

but some days
the motion
is so very
slow
and the
emotion
I am
trying
to flow
with
descends
heavy
and heartless

like that giant
wave
the one
that comes
out of
nowhere
crashing
against you
just
as you turn
your back
on that
vicious
capricious
sea
submerging
you
hurling
you
through vast
murky
waters
until
it tosses you
bruised
and shaken
on some
sandy beach
with less
confidence
less
surety of purpose,
less
poise

some days
there are just
too many
crashing waves

some days
like today

~ robin dalton, 2017

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