for when words fail you

there will be times when you will think thoughts.

there will be other times when you will think things

that are not formed well enough to be called thoughts.

they will not be things that you can say

and you will wonder what cat it is that has got your tongue

and what you need to do to get it back.

efforts to write these thoughts will consume you

but not as much as the thoughts themselves will.

these are the thoughts that will fill your nose with their scent

and your belly with their sadness

they will crawl under your skin

and fill your mouth

but your tongue will be unable to articulate them

on days like these, remember:

sweat, tears and laughter

work until your brow is drenched

and do not be afraid to let your eyes cry too

smile slowly

and laugh like the thoughts will not always be there

because they will not.