months later and i'm still crippled

limping from a hurt deep inside

somehow i can run

teach me to walk

pick me off the floor

i'm crawling like an infant

i need my armor

my shield and defense

i'm not ready to wield a weapon

and i still need to call reinforcements

alone, i'll always be

but even the frail must be saved

"no one gets left behind"

if only that were true

physically i'm here

but i'll never be whole

cynical and broken

fix me with duck tape

so i can walk with ease

give me crutches

so i can stand on my own two feet

i can function

make the world forget

but i'll still limp

when i tire and when i fall

they'll notice again

until then, teach me to walk