The Battle Within


He has given up on himself
Always spoiling for a fight
He is afraid to look inside
Afraid of what he would see
Of who he has become

Daily he awakes to emptiness
He has lost every sense of direction
His kids are scared of him
She is totally worn out
Her meager income barely sustaining

His eyes betray him
No matter how tough he acts
He is dead inside
No matter how tough he talks
His steps betray him
He has no fight in him anymore

His past holds him, prisoner
He can’t fit in anymore
His words betray him
He feels at home with the
Dregs of the society
He is afraid to look inside

How long will the handouts last
To live on charity, for how long

How do you start to help him
He hears only what he wants
How do you get him to accept
That all is in the past. How do you
get him to understand that,
What matters is what he has now…

Who tells a grown man what to do?
He has no friends, who will talk to him
She is losing her mind
Torn between being a wife,
the bread winner and the warrior

For her, you are forced to try once more….
Look at him you almost give up
A look at the kids and your hearts melts
Just this once…and one more…

It will take the Divine.
God has given us choices
We have the freewill
It’s in our hands to choose
How you choose is up to you.

How do you convince someone to look inside?
To see the infinite potential within
how do you help him find himself once again
To say enough is enough

The battle is for the man in the mirror
He must on his own decide to fight again

She continues to fight on her knees
We offer our shoulders to her
The release keeps her sane
We pray for them.

I have come to realize that the worst
That can happen to anyone is not
Losing his possessions, his money,
or loved ones the worst is to not have
the will to fight anymore
All hope is lost then.

In life, we all have a choice to make
To be or not to be
To live or not to live
To give up or to try one more time
To move on or to remain stuck
The choice is ours to make

Choose wisely.

© Amaka Paul 2016

11 thoughts on “The Battle Within

  1. I could heavily relate to each line. Every line hit hard to my mind and reached my heart. Amazing writing! Such talent. – Cezane

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    1. Your words,they give so much hope. I am happy it resonated with you. Like you, I wish to impact positively with my writing no matter how little.Thanks for the kind words,I appreciate…a lot.

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