I love words. I love art. I love Jesus.
September washes over me
like a riptide —
pulling me down,
dragging me out
into a vast sea of sorrows,
far away from
the safety of shore.
By D'Shan Berry3 months ago in Poets
She's a single mom, working hard,
Going back to school.
Got divorced, had a cancer scare;
Life can seem so cruel.
She takes each moment as it comes;
A physiological state,
Not much in my control,
When triggered by the world around,
Sends shrapnel through my soul.
More a citizen of Heaven
Than of this worldly sphere,
I still yearn for some evidence
That I was really here.
By D'Shan Berry4 months ago in Poets
I have become Miss Havisham,
Stood up by life itself.
Caged by the corners of my past,
My heart sits on a shelf.
In the name of peace, I held my tongue
Until my lips bled lies.
I silenced both my truth and voice.
I stifled all my cries.
I'm still afraid to look too pretty,
To tempt beyond control.
Though the guilt isn't mine to carry,
It weighs much on my soul.
I used to stroke my grandma's face
When sitting by her side,
But, now, too often, simple touch
Can make me want to hide.
By D'Shan Berry5 months ago in Poets
Shame is the shadow that lurks within me,
My constant companion — I fight to break free.
Learned as a child, reinforced as I've grown;
By D'Shan Berry9 months ago in Poets
I know the fear of "friendly" hands,
Their trespass on the boundaries of my
I know the silent tears of shame,
By D'Shan Berry10 months ago in Poets
To keep it from knocking you down,
You lean into a gale.
Pain must be leaned into, also,
Our sorrows to assail.
As uninstinctive as it is,
By D'Shan Berry11 months ago in Poets
Kith: The word of the day on your birthday.
Meaning: both family and friend.
You have a place in both categories,
Yet, both of them you transcend.