courage hangover

by Ang Kia Yee

is what i’m calling it
total ash-state after a trial by fire
the exhaustion that comes after you do a brave thing
something which overwhelmed you
and yet you gathered yourself against it
despite fear and weakness
you showed up for what matters the most to you
you displayed courage
you exercised it with all your strength
not yielding

I would like someone to slowly stroke my head as I let this exhaustion dissipate as tears