10 Dec

“Man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed, but not defeated.” ~Ernest Hemingway



Atrophy, the shrinking of
The muscles that you’ve built
Body parts that once were stern
Now droop, deflate and tilt

It sometimes feels like tossing water
Out a sinking boat
With just a tiny bucket and
Soon you won’t be afloat

It’s difficult to keep training
When all you do is weaken
Duty is what serves as my
Eternal guiding beacon

You do the best you can with what
You have to work with, friends
And so I push myself as much
As I can while strength ends

I run as fast as I can even
Though endurance fades
I lift a fraction because my
Power of old evades

But every day when I lay down
I know I did my best
The atrophy can’t stop me from
Beating upon my chest

A broken Warrior but still
A Warrior no less
I’m not defined by the weight that
I lift on the bench press

I’m not defined by the time that
It takes to run a mile
I am defined by all the pain
I endure with a smile

I am defined by how much I
Can do with shrinking frame
And it’s always the maximum
And for that, there’s no shame


4 Responses to “Atrophy”

  1. Zellie M. Quinn December 10, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

    Your poem reminds me of the movie I just watched last night about a bunch of warriors- Shaolin- and excellent movie!

    • Warrior Poet December 10, 2012 at 7:41 pm #

      I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for the recommendation.

      • Zellie M. Quinn December 12, 2012 at 7:41 am #

        It was one of the BEST movies I’ve seen in a long time!

  2. amberafrica December 11, 2012 at 3:33 am #

    To not be defined by the worlds standards, that is freedom, that is a true Warrior!
    Wonderful poem!

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