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

 

For Always

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There’s been too much
bittersweet,
our minds chasing problems
instead of holding on to each other

One day,
we’ll have time
to soak up the good,
moments spent loving
these hearts of ours
so concerned with comforting
We’ll watch suns set
and moons rise,
talk about all the good
in this darling life

Until then,
I’ll wish on stars and love songs,
while holding onto trust
and the sweet kiss of faith

And, we’ll burn bright,
you with me,
for always

Breath of Words© 4/24/17

photo: Felicia Simon

Just Breathe

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We are all in pieces,
plagued by moments
where we long to escape,
seeking to rise above
the radiating ache,
all while holding too tightly
to our own despair,
too prideful to share,
pain evoked by silence
as we continue to ignore
the beautiful color
outside of our
sepia stained world,
far away from peace
and unable to see
that all we need to do
is look up

and breathe

Breath of Words© 4/21/17

photo by Magdalena Lutek (Nishe)