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


There’s joy.


Maeve Wall is a 2015-2016 ETA at Sadaebucho Elementary School in Daegu.