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by Josey Pickering 2 months ago in inspirational
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A poem on overcoming

Photo by Andrea Cassani on Unsplash

The anger you formed in me

could ignite a thousand fires

and yet I smother it

down to a glowing ember.

I refuse to hurt another

in the name of pain

just like you.

I turn my pain into art,

plant a garden around the fire pit

and create life

in a place you left a dessert

like the dry mouth cries I wept

for someone to save me.

You left me in quicksand

but I refused to sink.

I found shelter

in the shade of empathic arms

that help me keep the fires at bay

and never more than a smolder.

One day, I’ll suffocate the ember too

and be free, wiser and older.


About the author

Josey Pickering

Autistic, non-binary, queer horror nerd with a lot to say.

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