BATTLING DEMONS

Michelangelo's First Painting
Michelangelo’s First Painting

 

We wage this war all our lives, from the day we’re born until we die. And try as we might, the fight for right tends to have the upper hand. We can stand toe-to-toe and know we gave it our all and yet still fall prey to our temptations or afflictions or addictions.

The greatest warrior I had ever known had shown me how to attack the “demons” in life. Unfortunately wielding the brown bottle, my role model had fallen deep into the alcohol abyss scratching and clawing to extricate his soul for his well being and that of his family. His flank unprotected, Dad was subjected to a counter attack. Cirrhosis of the liver sacked him while his back was turned. Then we came the fatal blow as we learned that cancer joined the barrage bringing a larger than life hero to his knees. No pleas of mercy could save him.

We fight our wars
knowing survival falls short.
We win by living well

© Walter J. Wojtanik – 2016

Inspired by Michelangelo’s First Painting

Poetic Asides April Poem-A-Day Challenge 2016 – Day 6: Ekphrastic Poem

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