Sickness

By Alexandra Seemungal

Pain

Is not something I am used to.

But

It is something I have endured.

My body shakes

Fatigues

As it fights its battle

War inside me

Of which I am almost

Helpless.

I send my reinforcements

Ibuprofen, vitamin C

The soldiers inside me

Put on their armor.

Outside attackers

Now inside the castle.

They take my strength

My energy

My will

I collapse

My soldiers battle on.

Slowly they win back

The ground they lost.

I enter the silence

Smoke rising from the ashes

In a torn battlefield.

I can breathe again

Sickness runs off my body

In cold streams of sweat.

Eat

My body urges me

Energy

I lost that battle

Before I even knew

This was a war.

Reinforce the castle walls

Build up a fortress

Stronger, higher

Recovery

Bar the castle walls

My soldiers retreat

I run this kingdom

Our flag of victory

Flies from the highest tower

Never can the same attacker

Attack again

Energy replenishes

Color returns

Blood courses

Undefeated

No more pain

Only scars

A battle well fought

The war between

The highest and lowest

Beings of nature

Equally as powerful

A battle won

I have prevailed