Nothing Left to Give (poem)

How do you give from an empty cup?
How do you refill what you lack?
When everybody wants something from you,
how do you get it back?
When emptiness takes its toll,
and exhaustion builds each day.
When what once brought you joy
is now a target of rage.
When tears are at the ready
and self-doubt finds its way in.
When giving up now seems easier
than fighting to the end.
When old habits start to reappear
and rear their ugly heads.
When you float through days and weeks, emotionless,
until you fall fitfully into bed.
When another days seems impossible.
When scraping the bottom is inevitable.
When tempers flare and tongues are unleashed.
When the damage done seems irreparable.
When fumes are the only fuel in your life,
and even those are running thin.
When everybody wants something from you,
but there is nothing left to give.

Heather L. Flood
04.17.17

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