When I first read Sahm’s prompt, I immediately started writing a poem about being a mother, about purpose, significance, and lost identity, blah, blah, blah. Ah, the trials and tribulations of losing one’s self to a greater purpose. I haven’t figured that out. I shelved the poem.
Here’s a better idea. Chronic illness. Yes. That definitely causes trials and tribulations. But, Sahm is looking for the bright side; overcoming our current adversity. The good news is my illness is not life threatening, although it truly does affect every system in my body. I have lived with it a long time. It isn’t visible, so unless I tell you about it, you’d never know. Before I share my short Senryu, I will say that my bright side is diagnosis and medicine. The prize: my health and well-being.
Synchronizing life within
Integral systems at war.
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That was a cheery bit of poetry. Sometimes, life is serious. And, the very nature of the prompt led me in this direction.
Prompt: Trial and Tribulation. Using any form you like, write of a situation (nothing too personal) that has caused you stress, anxiety, pain or any other negative emotion. How did you overcome it? What helped you to keep your eyes on the prize?