Learning to Walk Again

What once was done so easily
becomes the fighting of a life
as hands grasp handles, nudge their walkers,
scuffing rubber through the room.

"Keep going," spur the therapists.
Reluctant lunges: wheels screech.
Thin limbs sift through uneven strengths
of muscles humbled, cumbersome.

Raw nerves reflect the awes of falling,
anger, anguish, shame, defeat.
"Again," it's pressured, "almost there."
The prize: to reach a distant chair.

Learning to Walk Again © Copyright 2021, Robert J. Tiess.

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This poem was inspired by my late mother's struggles, over several months, to regain her ability to walk again, with a walker, while in a therapy setting.  She eventually prevailed, and I was so proud of her.  I continue to draw insight and inspiration from her life.
Submitted: February 13, 2021

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