First steps on a long journey

I will find strength in weakness
Grace in despair
Beauty in the commonplace
New aspects of normality through each trial that comes
For my loved one and myself.

I will journey through darkness and never give up

Help my patient endure when endurance is all there is

Provide love, patience and understanding

I will not be perfect
But I will allow myself my own humanity
Even as I struggle, each day to be strong.
Even as I wake each morning saying the same prayer;
God, please give me the strength to get through this day.

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17 Responses to First steps on a long journey

  1. wookiesgirl says:


  2. Ann Werner says:

    Simplicity at its finest.

  3. Wookie Style says:

    I love this!!!

  4. ninotchkab says:

    Love the words. Also, gorgeous art. Yours?

  5. What a beautiful, powerful poem and the artwork is stupendous. Love it!!

  6. Blackbirdsong says:

    Thank you Denise. The artwork isn’t mine. I don’t have the time to create anything right now. So I’ve used things I found around the Internet. Unfortunately I don’t have the artists names, so I haven’t been able to give them the proper attribution.

  7. Kris says:

    Absolutely fantastic, incredibly powefuly and you have a way with words.

  8. Nae's Nest says:

    I am always touched when I come upon a blog dedicated to cancer. My blog, Nae’s Nest, “Dancing With Cancer” and other writings…..well, obviously it is too. First Steps On A Long Journey touches me because, as a current cancer fighter, I have quickly discovered, I now see the world with new eyes. The first two lines in your poem, tell me that you do also.
    My dream is to be published. I have always wanted to be a writer. I never had the time to write, until ironically, I was diagnosed with cancer two years ago. Now, I feel “rushed” to be published. I am 45 years old and I need to leave stories about “ME” for my future grandchildren to know. I can’t stand the thought of them never knowing me. Sorry, to ramble….it’s the writer in me.

    • Blackbirdsong says:

      Thank you for taking the time to visit and comment on my blog. I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to respond. I was touched when I first read your message. You’re not rambling. I think you said is interesting and I’m honored that you felt comfortable to share part of your story with me.

  9. Nae's Nest says:

    Reblogged this on Nae's Nest and commented:
    What Cancer Brings, check out this blog. It is wonderful.

  10. live4life201 says:

    Your a great person, & this was tremendously inspiring;)

  11. live4life201 says:

    Love the pic also.

  12. So powerful, got me right down to the core. What a gift.

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