If you fall down, what you can do
Is let the shock wake you up.
Feel the pain, breathe, shout it out
Or cry. Then, in your own time,
Get back up.
If a friendly helping hand
Extends towards you, take it.
Back on your feet, you may feel bruised
And trembly, unsure of your footing.
Take your time.
Breathe. Check out your bumps and scrapes.
Rub them better, give yourself a shake.
And hope that you have learned
How not to trip again, over the same old
Your first steps may be uncertain,
But one day soon you will be
Far along the path, striding happily.
And you will smile ruefully at the memory