“How many pieces of myself 

Have I barred and barricaded

Hoping to avoid the pain of loss?

The fleeting beauty of love

Not enticement enough 

To lure me from my cage

The one built by these hands 

Welded with fear

Strengthened by determination

Forged in anger’s heat 

The key assiduously misplaced

Leaving me now with a choice:

Cleave open this lock

Or wither in my stubbornness?

Lonely in my solitude, 

Brittle in my fortitude,

Or expansive in my courage…”

Breathing Words – A Year of Writing Together.     —  Author: Whitney Poole.


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