So inattentive and so frail

We are so very frail, the skin we’re in,
listening to our bodies is something we do very poorly
trudging on when we should be
holding back or stopping completely.

Suddenly it hits us
the unforgiving wall of mental illness
or the crippling pain of physical struggle
Only then do we stop and open our eyes
to the mess we’re in.

If only we were even every so often conscious
of our mental and physical state
then, our vulnerabilities would not
be so repeatedly and so openly visible.

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