by G. Marselle
I will rise to the challenge like an unbroken wave outrunning a winter storm, even when the thermometer reads 0ºF. Between H2O and air, I will sail with calm purpose. When energy is dull, I will rest/reset like a fat, lazy cloud on a quiet, spring morning. Inspiration awakens, dives into a yellow desert wildflower blooming brilliant and alive. Even the sun reaches for her inspiration inside tiny petals. I, too, bloom bright. Divine love surrounds summer with happiness and birds sing their arrival. Tomorrow is a new day, and I will rise to the challenge, as basil and thyme grow unbroken alongside autumn orange pumpkins.
Note: This poem was inspired by a writing prompt shared by Eva Crespin with my high school students at a poetry writer’s workshop held on January 21, 2021. Thank you Eva for inspiring us all to write from our heart.
Also, the words “I rise” makes me think both of “Rise Up” sung by Andra Day and “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou and how powerful the words are. No matter how down you may feel, just know, you can still rise.
“…And I’ll rise upby Cassandra Monique Batie / Jennifer Decilveo
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again…”
“…Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise…”by Maya Angelou