The Modern Day Woman’s Lament
I straddle the precipice between work and home.
The earth shifts beneath me and
Sometimes I think I’ll split in two.
Loving my work, loving my family . . .
It shouldn’t be a conflict, but often it is.
I want so much to be there for others,
For those I love, for myself
But my work draws me, taking on
A life of its own.
And like an addict I can’t quit.
In denial, I take on more.
My back may hurt, my heart may pound
But still I surge forward,
Needing to accomplish, to succeed
With precision and excellence
To make a contribution
That I know a woman is capable of making.
There are days when all I want
Is to feel a cool breeze on my face
Sunlight on my shoulders
To hear children’s laughter
To dance with abandon in the moonlight
Or listen to peaceful or enchanting music
I accept the fact that a
Happy life is a balanced life.
Yet I still search and long
For that seemingly elusive balance
That can bring with it
A feeling of satisfaction and peace.
So today, I turn my face toward the sunlight
With hope and love for the day
And a sense of fun in my heart.
Like a circus juggler nimble and accurate,
When ultimately one of the balls is dropped…
I gather strength to accept the stark reality
Of that inevitable fumble.
With quiet acceptance and self compassion
I encounter the beauty of that moment
As perfection falls away and joyfulness enters.
~ by Rosalie Moscoe
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