In The Storm’s Heart (3)

Let’s close this mini-series on strength with a poem I wrote a few years back. If you forget everything else, just remember to reside in strength in the heart of the storm.

Photography: Daniel Msirikale


Strength is not the absence of weakness

It is standing when your knees are weak, and hoping when all is bleak


Strength’s eyes laugh while it’s heart cries

On its lips you’ll find smiles, when its tongue is filled with wounds


Strength is not the absence of weakness

But rather the presence of perseverance


To an enemy it says, come have a sit, dine with me

For I will not be shaken by your sting


It is the child that looks straight in the face of adversity and says

I am young but willing to fight


It is that subtle assurance in a storm

That everything is going to be okay


Strength is losing and yet knowing you have won

It is picking yourself up piece by piece and loving yet again


Strength is not the absence of weakness

It’s simply the presence of strength

-the end-


Until next time, I will keep you in my heart and mind.

-Keziah Elaine Ayikoru-




Author: Keziah Elaine Ayikoru focuses on creativity in various fields especially Architecture, Fashion, Creative Non-Fiction and Poetry. Keziah aims to encourage the creative in you to live life fully, happily and wholesomely.

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