The Value of Self-Care

Sunday June 21, 2020

Rising and stretching
I perform my daily rituals,
I really do not want
to face today
life hangs heavily
around my shoulders.

I drag myself downstairs,
resisting the strong
desire to return to bed
to read my book
to attempt oblivion
in a novel.

A few days earlier I discovered
that someone very special
to me, a support
for the past fourteen
or more years
had been rushed to hospital
with kidney failure.

The following day I had
a phone call to inform me
that this person’s husband
had died of a cardiac arrest,
all attempts at resuscitation
having failed.

No wonder I was feeling
rubbish, that I did not want
to face another day.
a sense of great, deep loss
was engulfing me.

I rationalised my situation
told myself not to be so wet.
By skulking about I was not going
to change the situation
an iota. I was being
rather harsh with myself.

While downstairs I re-examined
my self-care commitments
being gentle to myself
Was one of them. I am prone
to practising self-flagellation.

The heavy cloud
began to lift away.

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