Warrior

Time to break out

Time to let go of

The shell I have lived in

Time ticks away, minutes

Flow like a river into hours

Nothing to show for it but

Fatigue in my eyes, empty

Time to release pain

Time to break away

From the life I created

Built around pain,

Tears drip down

Anger arises, sadness

Comes up, as always

I am a warrior now,

Punishing myself is

No longer an option

Tick tock tick tock

what do I choose?

The cell door is ajar

Awaiting my footsteps

Long and hard I fell

And I got used to

Falling, Even when

I could stop, I did

It was all I knew

All I could think of

How do I fail here?

The clock ticks away

Minutes of writing

Anguish wants out now

Can I finish this poem?

I kick it farewell and say

goodbye to self doubt

Release it, hands tremble

It is all I know, my mind

Keeps on shouting, but I

Can’t stand another day

Where I feel like I’m shit

My heart breaks in silence

As I think of all I love that

I couldn’t keep with me

I look and I see how I

Loved those lost like me

Cherished those who could

Not feel like I did, hearts

sometimes are unrepairable

Yet I sought to fix them

And just broke my own

My heart still beats strong

The song of the warrior

The fighter that stands

Her shield at the ready

A shield made of love and

Intense compassion, of

Infinite hope, and deep joy

I am who I choose to be

I come out of hiding and

Show the world who I am

Not shrinking away from

All I can be, I am who I am

I release my mask of fear

And stand, warrior of love

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