Lonely the Only

Lonely The Only

How hardy the spirit? How enduring the resolve?
How sane the attempt to survive?

Fear paralyzes productivity within reclusive self defense.
Emotions submerged beyond touch; tears ever threatening, never forthcoming.

Shoulders hunched against the world,
The shafts still quiver, painful and deep.

Right and wrong become blurred as
Love and compassion overpower personal wants and needs.

Ultimately, blatant betrayal grieves less than
Nonchalant disregard for human rights and dignity.

Internal struggle to harmonize conflict.
Subsequent toll heavy; physical decline for mental strength.

Solitary soul in an alien world.
What price, survival? Too high if it's selling my soul.

For only the soul is eternal.
Not even the strong live forever.

Mary Briggs