Poetry

Trying

“I’ve tried. What else can I say?
I’ve given my all and still came up short.”

I’ve tried. What else can I say? I’ve given my all and still came up short. Short of obtaining a prize I set for myself. It’s like I’ve been held back by invisible shackles that has more give than a brick wall. Hidden reigns tied around my neck that offer no slack in the line. But I keep tugging and pulling against those restraints, like maybe one day it’ll make a difference. I suppose that’s alright. It means I haven’t given up. It means there’s still hope as long as I keep fighting.

© Sarah Doughty

So that is what I do.

9 thoughts on “Trying”

    1. The end goal, whatever that may be, should be an undertaking on a personal level. Doing something for another, like losing weight for a partner, often leads to failure. By focusing on the self, as in I want to be healthier so I’ll feel better and have that feeling last, has much more value to it. So when you come up short, you can analyze, adjust, and try again.

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