Litter my floor.
Scraps of Paper.
Crumpled and overflowing my recycling bin.
Cover my desk until the pale wood looks black.
Cracks open the door, walks in.
Lifts off my desk, tired and stressed.
Opens to say I can’t do this.
Gestures to the white paper-covered carpet.
Grips me by the shoulder, hauls me from my chair.
Stand, support my weight, while
Says Let’s take a walk, in the forest.
Glance at the failures at my feet.
Pulls me out the room, down the stairs.
Out the door, into the fresh air. Into the
Listening to the rustling leaves and bird calls.
Our shoes make
The silence of the forest, both
My tears dry.
We don’t talk but.
We don’t need to.
She squeezes my hand:
My shoulders relax,
My posture improves,
My head lifts high
In a display of
We set our eyes on the road to my
I can do this.
My friend knows
And has reminded me.