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You are Miracle

You are Miracle | A Chronic Voice

Whenever I need a good dose of inspiration, this poem by Thuli Zuma never fails. It reminds me that I am a human being just like anyone else, and that we are all living miracles.

I visualise the *90 trillion cells hard at work inside my body. The collective intelligence they hold is beyond that of any doctor’s or scientist’s. I picture them bustling up and down the streets of my veins. Off they rush to repair a broken down body part, or extinguish yet another fire kindled by accident.

They are hard at work even, no, especially, when I am asleep, and I don’t even have much of a clue as to the expanse of their efforts. For example, if you cut your finger, observe its healing process over a few days and really think about it. It’s downright amazing what you can actually do without any conscious knowledge or extra effort.

So yes, despite being ill all the time, and all the rogue cells that send off constant false alarms, I am still in awe at the intelligence contained within my body. I know that it never meant to hurt me on purpose and that it is always, always trying its best – more than you can imagine.

You can view the recital here:

“90 Trillion” by Thuli Zuma
Even on your worst days
When there is nothing fair about enough
And you feel you do not come close to it anywhere.
When you cannot bring yourself to say the words you mean
Let alone mean the words you say.

When your hips are wider than your waistband
And the size of your gut does not
Reflect the measure of your courage.
On the days you find shadows everywhere
Except yours beside you.
When your hands only hurt even though you
Wish them healed.
When your feet forget how to walk
Act as though they have never known dancing.
And your thighs remember only shape.

On the days you feel you cannot possibly hold up your own name.
That even on the days that you are not
You are more than the sum of your worn parts.
More than timid fingers that clench fists.
More than wrists.
More than back that knows only ache.
More than treacherous blood
That bids heartbreak.
More than eyes, lips, nose, teeth.
More than unreached goals.
More than midweek drunk.
More than misplaced keys.
You are miracle.

And on the days when even the
Voices in your head will not agree.
You are still 90 trillion cells holding together.
Building up life
Willing you be.
You are harmony.
A celestial symphony.

This is not a metaphor.
It is a statement of fact.
And on the days you have strength only enough to stand
Stand on that.
What is it you hope to gain by folding your frame
To fit man’s palms?
Do not make yourself small as regret
When you are large as hope.

Do not see yourself slight for serpent tongues to misquote.
Eyes were not made for this
To hang down in shame.
They were purposed to see
So look.

You are human being.
So called for a reason.
Not human doing.
Just you being
Is wonder enough to make heaven fall still.
You are miracle.

A quilt of dreams stitched together with
Blood, bone and limb.
And even on those dark days
Though the voices in your head will not agree.
You are not defect
You are not damaged
You are not default.

You are not sorry and you should not be.
You are miracle.
You are harmony.
You are 90 trillion cells weaving new tapestry.
Each one testifies to the mystery
That even on the worst day
Even at your worst
You are still your best
You are miracle
You are miracle
Why is it you insist on walking through this life
As though you are any less?

*Your mileage may vary!

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  • Avatar of Alison

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I’ve got a new poet to follow and that poem is inspiring. We are miraculous, even on our bad days. Life is full of challenges, but we can get through them – and our bodies already are constantly working miraculous things! I’m feeling quite inspired to make the best of my day!

    Love this poem!

    • Avatar of Sheryl Chan

      Me too! Especially her recital of it – so engaging and powerful 🙂 It really is miraculous, even at your worst, you are still your best <3

  • Avatar of Shruti Chopra

    As I read this poem, I am thinking of the really crappy evening I’ve had where my lower back has just given way and is in excruciating pain. As I sit propped up with cushions and a hot water bag, I read your post – an apt reminder to marvel at the body and to know that it’ll recover from this sudden annoyance.
    Beautiful poem – thank you for sharing it with all of us.

    • Avatar of Sheryl Chan

      Welcome Shruti. I love this poem and the beautiful way she recites it, too. It really is amazing what our body does, despite being in pain all the time. Sending love and hope you’re healing xxx

  • Avatar of Stacey

    This is beautiful.

  • Avatar of Ava Meena

    This is a beautiful reminder – especially for those of us who feel like our bodies have failed us. 🙂

    • Avatar of Sheryl Chan

      Hi Ava,

      Yes, this recital is still inspirational even after a year! I hope it lifts your spirits for the week 🙂

  • Avatar of Lydia B

    This is so incredibly powerful and empowering. Thanks so much for sharing it. I kind of needed it today!

  • Avatar of Caz

    This gave me goosebumps, love it! What a wonderful reminder and encouragement, thank you.x

  • Avatar of Kerry-Ann

    I absolutely LOVE this poem…what a great message! Thank you for sharing and lighting up my day. x

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