It's been a long hard road Every day fraught with trouble. I've been fight or flight It's been so long, It could be my whole life. Always fighting fear and pain. Troubled thoughts Trying to drag me into the grave. No room for self No room for love No room for others amongst these thoughts. Freedom came only in glimpses On the highest mountains Or in the peak of success. Normal days were far worse than doldrum. Normal was unspeakable pain Knife stabbing into my neck Poison running in my veins Shorts wrecking my every thought. Then help came. Not all at once, But little by little. One step at a time One good decision Backed by another good decision. Hard conversations, Big life changes, But inner peace. Love for myself, Love for my fellow man, Love for life itself. A Sabbath Rest for the Weary Soul.