At Least


Complex and sharp

like a blade of a sword,

at least for you

might be just two simple words.

In many ways has confined me,

at least has opened my eyes

to beautiful things

I once failed to see,

I may not be in possession

of much beauty and wealth.

But at least this morning

I woke up in perfect shape and health.
Problems? Struggles?

at least I’m not alone,

I looked around and see

there’s so much more!

But be careful

at least could either make or break
just to thrive

no need to strive or seek.

Once I’d been fooled

by at least’s simple trap
Satisfied with what I have,
though I knew I got more

just waiting to be tapped,

For most part

at least has comforted me,

time to time, day to day,

At least I see the clouds
and feel the wind,

At least I heard the birds sing,
swim with the fish scaly and finned,
at least I can cry

at least I can sigh

at least from failure
I can still try!

Riza Ramos is a registered nurse at the Commonwealth Health Center’s hemodialysis unit. She has authored three books, including Drinking Seawater, a memoir of Typhoon Soudelor.

RIZA RAMOS, Special to the Saipan Tribune

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