It has the impetus to urge you on
You find resilience you didn’t know you possessed.
It happened when she fell in the street,
Found her feet entangled in her friend’s coat
Before she knew it
She was down
Landed with a thud
Thought instantaneously what have I broken?
Hands reached for her
Lifted her up
Asked the right questions
She nodded, she was alright
Mostly to save face and not create a fuss.
Later she felt the pain, cracked a rib?
Across her room, her friend lay with back pain
They both experienced a period of adversity
One needed to carry the other
In one way or another
There was a week still to go
This was no place for wimps.
With arms around each other’s shoulders
They laboured on
Neither too heavy nor a burden.
“Thank you, friend,” said one to the other
And together they plodded onwards.