Monday, August 10, 2009


Mary and Friends

How to Survive on Empty

Strength is not something that is built in

It comes with the moments of life as

they spring upon you, as they slam into you with the full force of unexpectedness

Perseverance is much overrated

When you want to sit and be absorbed by memories,

odors, sensations long gone, it blindly stabs you in the back and twists the blade

Determination can be a two sided cloak

Like a pendulum the ups and downs of holding back

and moving on collide into walls that surround this prison of current existence

Courage is not what it’s cracked up to be

It hinders the need to grieve in the very fact that

without it the ability to breathe is constricted to the point of unconsciousness

Faith is as fleeting as the butterfly

It comes and goes, never to stay in one

place lest you forget that peace is not guaranteed, even for a moment

Endurance maybe the only path left

It’s the ability to walk, arms outstretched, down a dark,

endless road while waiting for the light at the end of the tunnel not to be another train

Appearances deceive we’ve all been taught

Surely this is a time when they need

to seem as far from real as possible to save those who can’t understand

Love is all that matters

It‘s the glue of life that is unquestionable, undeniable

incontrovertible, indisputable, irrefutable. It is the unequivocal truth

I am neither strong nor weak

I have merely transformed into the

person I have to be

to exist without you


  1. Melissa O'BoyleAugust 10, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    That is beautiful and so true. This marathon is a challenge that I am doing in honor of Mary. Whenever I feel weak I think of Mary and I get a burst of energy and of hope..stemmed from sadness and anger...I am doing this for her.

  2. Did you write that Rose?