While it is light
she stockpiles hope
heaping up prayers
scribbling notes
and affirmations—
an arsenal to serve
when the crushing darkness
comes crashing in
sucking the oxygen
out of her life
fingertips raw and bleeding
from trying
to hold on…

she survives

bruised and wearyshe opens crusted puffy eyesto pristinerisingburgeoning light

and she dances:

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A dearly loved one’s repeated battles with depression… by the grace of God, and by her amazing vitality & tenacity, she always wins the fight!


  • Patricia Anne McCarty-Tamayo
    Patricia Anne ...almost 5 years ago

  • I am honored! Thank you, Heart & Soul, for the affirmation; it warms my heart & soul.

    – willette

  • Trenchtownrock
    Trenchtownrockalmost 5 years ago

    This is a well done piece…I love the victory I am sensing in the words.

  • Thnaks for the encouragement, ‘Rock. Victory’s hard to come by, but oh! what a prize!

    – willette

  • lianne
    liannealmost 5 years ago

    I have a loved one too who fights this battle day by day with tenacity and faith and you’ve described so well how it must be done. It’s heartbreaking to watch someone you love descend into that darkness where even their faith is hard to cling to. Powerful and poignant piece of writing. You are a blessing and just a wonderfully welcome addition to RB!

  • Oh! What a welcome! You warm my heart with it, Lianne; thank you so very very much. And yes, the heartbreak is so real as we witness their journey— and that it makes their faith hard to hold onto grieves me all the more. It seems that at the WORST time they are deprived of the solace, strengh & comfort that FEELING God near would provide them. So in those times I am so thankful that God is faithful whether we “feel” Him or not, and that He honors intercessory prayer. Many blessings on you & your loved one, my new friend! ~w

    – willette

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