There’s a particular joy in overcoming
In fighting to find calm
In working to appreciate.
Arms raise up
Then collapse at the heel
There’s a joy in difficult circumstances
In breathing through the fear
In feelings so strong your stomach hurts.
Notice how discomfort is different from pain.
A foot lands softly on a rubber mat
Strong and stable
Maeve Wall is a 2015-2016 ETA at Sadaebucho Elementary School in Daegu.