One Day

by Leila Tualla

One day,
my cries will sound like hallelujahs,
And this ache and burden I have been carrying
will feel weightless
And freeing.

One day,
I will stop bargaining over sickness
and rejoice in the health of the now.
I will train my eyes upward and follow
the path set before me, instead of wondering
if someone else’s journey is better than mine.

One day,
I will breathe in peace and exhale doubt
and sorrow. I will embrace the things I can
carry and be certain of the things I’ve left
behind.

If only one day were today,
or if one day is tomorrow.
My arms grow weary and I am tired
of this road I’m on.

One day,
some day, my cries will sound
like hallelujahs.

Leila Tualla is a Filipino-American poet and author. Leila’s books include a YA contemporary romance called Letters to Lenora and a memoir/poetry collection called Storm of Hope: God, Preeclampsia, Depression and me. Her poetry is featured in several mental health anthologies and she is currently working on a poetry collection based on Asian American stereotypes and identifies.

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