OVERWHELMING

April 02, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

 

OVERWHELMING

 

I’ve been told that I am overwhelming

I’m not quite sure what that means

And yet I do

 

I see the possible

and try to make it so

Not believing obstacles

Seeing long paths with handles

and gaps that shrink if

I just move fast enough

 

I am holding the hand of my grandmother

as we walk in spots where warmth

has melted the ice

We can go, I tell her

Step here

 

I am climbing all the way to the top

of the Great Wall

because it is there

Stopping is not going at all

 

I am fixing and arranging

planning and finding ways

to make things work

Even when no one asks me to

 

Is that overwhelming

Just too much at times

or is it

catching sun spills

flight untethered

Dropping ways along a path

full of other overwhelming souls

 

I have been this way all my life

The little girl

with a determined face

Always looking forward and up

Forward and up

Even in my mother’s womb

 

Need I not be overwhelming

Do I contain what I do

and who I am

into regular beats and

tempered hands beneath me

 

To me

That is overwhelming

 


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