I'm still standing.....now whatcha' gonna do?
It don't matter what you tried to do, you couldn't destroy me! I'm still standing! I'm still strong! And I always will be.
from the movie Antwone Fisher
Life is tough at times,
people push us down,
run over the top of us,
pretend they don't see us,
just plain do us wrong.
If we started...and shared an honest secret...
all of us
have had those moments,
when our petals were blown around,
eaten by a bug or two,
squished by an invader,
probably even peed on by a dirty, stinky dog or two
there's been pain, and hurt, and struggle in your life, too,
It may feel like our roots have entered stoney ground
our efforts to
pull up our nourishment seems pointless
"we ain't gettin' what we need"
"we ain't gettin' nothin' at all"
we attempt to stretch around the hard barrier,
try to find the fertile ground,
feel like we are in the desert
where no water is found.
We stretch out our petals and it takes all the effort we have,
we look at ourselves...
battered, pinched and torn,
dirt covered faces, exhausted, hopeless, worn
our stems can barely support the weight of our world,
a storm approaches,
wind blows us to and fro,
the rain hits our face,
We're not sure we will survive...
and even think we may not want to....
want to just curl over and give up the weight...
say I'm done.
But then...without even realizing what is happening,
without rhyme or reason,
the Sun comes out and shines on our faces
our roots open up and drink from the
ageless well that springs from a source we cannot see,
the color returns
we stretch out,
point our face to the sun
say to the world,
you can push me down,
run over me,
pee on me,
do me wrong...
I'm still standing....
Now what you gonna do!
written on this night
for my dear friend
SLA who is in the midst of a difficult time.
sending you love and hope and my faith that your world will get better.