"Strength" by Marjorie Pizer
I am making myself strong.
I am weaving bands of steel
To bind my soul.
I am knitting stitches of suffering
Into my hands
To make them strong.
I am strengthening my mind
With the warp and weft
Of weariness and endurance.
I am binding my faith
With the bonds of psalms and songs
Of all who have suffered.
I will be tempered like fine steel
To bend, but not to break.
From: "All in the End is Harvest - An Anthology for Those Who Grieve"
(Edited by Agnes Whitaker, published by Darton, Longman and Todd
in association with Cruse Bereavement Care, ISBN 0-232-51624-3).