Today, I Rise (A Poem)

Today I rise. I rise. I stand walking naked unaided across beds, Beds of fire. Feet now hardened, prepared To lunge, to fly, to leap.

From today, I rise
From my suspended place
In space now cold, alone—
Not for long—
To long floating high.
Imprisoned on my lonely isle
High, high in the sky,
Surrounded by a sea of fire,
Until now unable to leave.
Centered, trapped in the middle.
No life, no trees, no birds.
Just me—an island
Burning; a mere shadow surrounded by heat.
Smoke-filled environs.
Endlessly, tirelessly.
No noise. No peace. No light.
Only darkness, opaque and heavy.
Heated tears flowing.
But from today: today I rise.
No more walking to the edge of
Hot blackened sands with bloodied
Scarred feet,
Trying too many times only to fail,
To leave.
Bound by immovable forces,
No more.
Today I rise. I rise.
I stand walking naked unaided across beds,
Beds of fire.
Feet now hardened, prepared
To lunge, to fly, to leap
Like a black bird once broken
With new wings unfurled,
Created from chaos and despair.
From today, I stand resurrected.
I have risen purposeful—determined
With renewed vision and energy,
A clear destination ahead
Through the fires,
Through the embers,
Through the blue, I move unencumbered.
Brilliant light as far as my eyes can see.
Drizzling then dappling.
I can reach.
It is not far.

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Claire Jones

Claire is a homeschooling parent who loves to write inspirational and motivational pieces. She created her inspirational blog ClarityIsHip to help heal after a serious health diagnosis. Claire lives a quiet life in New England with her husband, daughter and pet parakeet. Follow on twitter @HipClarity and Instagram. See, also, information for Monoclonal Gammopathy and Myeloma.

8 Responses

  1. Paul Watson says:

    Wow < Thank you , beautiful words woven with thought and care ..

  2. Your image of rising is a powerful one: rising above difficulty and elevating oneself. I admire your focus on healing health problems and thank you for it.

  3. Claire says:

    Thank you for publishing Vironika!

  4. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

  5. Devorah Fox says:

    Thanks for sharing this.

  6. Your poems never fail to move me, Claire. I love your use of imagery and your flow. I know the feeling you’ve described here… rising again after being beaten down too many times. There’s such a depth to it, and you’ve put it beautifully into words.

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