The burdens we bear 

Will have us quivering 

Under its weight 

But still we hold firm

We give our all

Alone under pressure 

Gripping tighter still

With much energy burnt

Struggling from our knees 

Forcing upwards until 

Our spine is straightened

And we are standing tall 

Balancing over time

Until we lay them down

And forge ahead to pass

What seemed like walls 

Muscles still tender

Some became very sore 

From the way we carry

Burdens that leave scars

Yet we are able to move on

Marveling even ourselves 

With our reservoir of strength 

And how it’s taken us far
Ria 2017