Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: WAIT (08/30/18)
TITLE: Life with a Chronic Illness
By Laurie Glass
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As always, I do not feel right.
With unrefreshing sleep, I feel
exhausted as I did last night.
No energy to get up yet.
It takes an hour, sometimes two,
to manage getting out of bed.
There’s nothing else that I can do.
It’s not the normal tiredness
I felt before this illness came.
It’s crushing, stubborn, burdensome--
I find it’s not at all the same.
And so I lie here ev’ry morn
until I feel that I can rise.
And even then, it doesn’t last.
Cut short by illness’s demise.
I drag myself around the house
to try to do a simple task.
But soon I’m eager to lie down.
My battery runs down so fast.
I’m hungry, but I can’t get up
until I have the energy.
Can only rest until it comes.
Such holding on is hard for me.
And this is how my day goes on.
I’m up for meals and do a bit,
but then my body needs its rest,
and there is no denying it.
And when it’s time to end the day,
I think, Well here I go again.
Exhausted as I go to bed,
but then insomnia sets in.
To rise, to eat, to rest, to sleep--
each portion of the day and night
requires that I wait and wait.
This tough routine is now my plight.
At times I feel beside myself.
I find the days are grueling.
I need to wait upon the Lord,
to look to him in ev’rything.
I will not make it otherwise.
This illness is too much to bear.
I’ll wait for strength and comfort from
the only one who’s always there.
“We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.” Psalm 33:20 (NIV)
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