Last night I was all smiles and glitter,
A mask for all to see.
I persevered because I’m no quitter,
Even if it would destroy me.
I pushed and pushed with sharp precision,
Helping my team get the jobs done.
I focused with a tunnel vision,
To help those around me have fun.
The show went without a hitch,
Everyone giving their best.
When the girls headed home,
I helped tidy the mess.
As soon as I sat rested and still,
The pain erupted hard and strong.
I felt like I’d been dragged through the mill,
My body screaming I’d done wrong.
The morning after the night before,
My body now rebelled.
I felt fatigued, pained and sore,
Now I was in my own personal hell.
Yet I wouldn’t change a thing,
It’s in my nature to give all I can.
No matter what consequences bring,
Next time I’ll just try to keep to a plan.
I’m not always good at making sure I pace.
Still the tears will start to fall.
When my condition I try to race,
Because I simply can’t do it all.
I simply wish I wouldn’t suffer,
When I’m only trying to live.
I really wish I was tougher,
But I can only give what I have to give.
By Katie Haigh