Rise Again

I will rise again.
I will free my ambition from the gravity of old, tired scars
Seared into the faces of yesterday.

I will cast off jaded skin-deep bruises
scratched on the eyes of tomorrow.
I will dust doubts off my pride
and stand tall
so my sacrifices will not be in vain.

I will rise again.
I will shake loose embers of despair.
I will rinse haunting memory pains
from the baggy garments of my soul
and watch discontent roll gently from my back… into oblivion.

I refuse submission
I will not be deterred from my purpose;
I will rebuild my faith in me, in us.

I will rise again;
even when tears rain heavy
and its deluge feed quagmires of doubt
which clay my feet like quicksand.
I will rise again for me, for you,
for the children.
I will restock their pantries with hope
until our unquenchable spirits
reclaim tomorrow’s promise.

I will rise again
With conviction to liberate serendipity from the jaws of disaffection
For now I know fear’s elixir.
I will cast aside the millstone of apathy
and rekindle my faith in us,
draw energy from our strength
For I know now,
we will rise again.

9 thoughts on “Rise Again”

  1. You keep getting better and better. Another reminder of your use of prose to illustrate the strength of humanity. I will rise again…. 💕

  2. Kevin,
    I just posted this to my family in Spain
    Sums up my resolution to rise again from the ashes of COVID. Thanks bro, for giving my thoughts, words

    1. Ignatius Karl Hood

      You paint such beautiful landscapes with the brushes of words. Yes, let us “cast off jaded skin-deep bruised scratched on the eyes of tomorrow” and rise again. We will definitely rise again.
      Thank you my friend. You always Inspire me.

  3. Particularly love the message of hope and optimism in every sentence. Uplifting choice of words and phrases. Great piece Kevin.

  4. Such a hopeful and strong piece again. As a humanity, we need that reminder, now more than ever, that we will rise again. Absolutely brilliant Kevin 🥰

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