The Fire Within

An angry storm blew in today

and knocked me to the ground.

I tried to find my bearings

but nothing could be found.


It howled and cursed and grumbled–

hurled hailstones at my feet.

My attempts to rise were futile, I

prepared to admit defeat


The road is slick with raindrops

The path is strewn with stones

I crash to earth with violence

No one around to hear my moans.


The waves they keep on crashing

The rain keeps pouring down

The current keeps on pulling

til I don’t know up from down.


Fields of hidden land mines

Rooms fashioned of trap doors

Each time I step through one of them

frustration seeping out my pores.


The clouds roll in with fury

as I cower in the night

Yearning to lay my head down

Ready to cede the fight.


But something burns inside my heart

a yearning deep and true

A will to live that won’t be silenced

and I know I’m not yet through


I rise amid the rubble

Stand up straight and tall

But no sooner had I risen

than down again I fall


The wind is howling louder now

There’s static in the air

I’m not sure I can stand my ground

Not sure that I care


Angry gusts lash at my bones

I’m frozen to the core

My heart just isn’t in it

I can’t take this anymore.


But something stirs inside my soul

A flame housed deep within

A passion lights its embers

And I get back up again.


Along the way I stumble,

plummet to the rocks below

My ego bruised and broken

This time I’ll not get up again, I know.


But as I lay there in the cold

something flickers through my veins

A warmth spreads up inside my chest

And I see the sparks of flame


So on I go into the night

not certain of the path

And sure enough before too long

I fall victim to the wrath


It’s a puzzle I don’t stay there

curled up on the ground

Secure in my insecurity

Safe from being sound


But if the past is any indication

I won’t be down for long

One more time I’ll strike the match

Light that fire strong


For just when I think my will is broken,

That there’s no strength left inside

That flame inside me flickers

And I get back up to fight


So as I head out on my journey

Uncertain of the end

I’m not afraid of what I’ll find there.

I have a fire deep within.


©Jennifer K. Horton




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