Woman

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you make up rules
and expect her to follow,
but she is most striking
untamed
unfiltered
untethered

you try to hold her back
but, she moves through
the darkest nights
with courage
with power
with faith

you don’t understand her,
the way she shines
even when hope is scarce

you want to control her
…but, she is a woman
who knows her own strength

Breath of Words© 7/30/17

phpto by James Bort

My Letter To You

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They tell you to be calm,
to be pretty,
to be strong
as if your chest can just stop pounding,
as if they don’t know that pretty hurts,
as if you can keep building yourself up
while your mind pushes you back down

They assume that your broken heart
can simply mend on its own,
that daylight can heal
your blackbird soul,
that the silent wolf
that prowls under your skin
understands what it means
to begin again

And, I can hear the fear
in your shaky voice,
the faded whispers of worry
still hanging in the air
But, love, they just don’t see –
you are already all of those things
and so much more

Breath of Words© 6/4/17

photo: Katia Chaushev