After Thoughts
The Poetry of J. Hodges


Often, I question my survival
Madness dogs and I scurry for relief
My problems, high class
My mind, fragile and weary
I persist

Many so afflicted, my brothers and sisters
In silence they suffer
Ignorance, their salvation
as many do not realize
the battles and the defeats
they endure

They fight in desperation with courage,
courage they would deny
They feel overwhelmed and defeated
They endure, fight another day
A hopeful stalemate, their deliverance

Their life, worthy,
as their courage to press on Is heroic
They live as an example to the rest
Their significance, nil, but for the others
who admit no challenge or fear.

Strong are the weak when they fight
When they endure
When they conquer
When they overcome that which is inside of them