Little by Little

Little by little I’m slowing down;
I’m no longer able to challenge Fate
Or to keep up with the things I used to do.
Little by little the familiar environment is becoming
Less sharp, less precise, less defined!
Little by little, each load is getting heavier,
Harder to carry, more difficult to tackle.
Little by little I find myself accomplishing less
In more time, unable to plan ahead or even
To carry the load of a single day!
Little by little, I find myself praying that
My health would sustain me a little longer!
That my eyesight would last so I could enjoy
My daughter’s beautiful presence! That I would
Not become a burden for her! That my image,
In her memory, would remain as strong as she has
Always known me! That I would keep inspiring
Admiration rather than pity! That my last impression
Would be that of power instead of helplessness!

© Djehane Hassouna, 2007

Rainbow of Emotions, page 118

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