Am I ok?
Yes. Nothing’s broken; I can still
Walk. But I might limp a little ’til
The soreness goes away.

Am I ok?
Yes. I can get up and go on
Again. But I’m going to step a little more
Carefully so as not to slip once more.

Am I ok?
Yes. But now I understand
Some things you’ve known all along.
And I wonder how
To carry them as
Gracefully as you do.

Am I ok?
Yes.
Because someday the bruise
Will make its way from black to blue to yellow
And be gone. Someday I will walk securely
Again–unafraid.

Am I ok?
Not really.
But I’m trying.

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