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to survive

and be reborn

By angela hepworthPublished 29 days ago 1 min read

i saw you

and i did not run

i was still

i stood my ground

even as my soul

crushed itself into pieces

even as my heart

bled out in my chest

i stared and stayed

and did not waver

not once


i saw you

and i did not hide

i gave myself to you

look into my eyes

if you can

i dare you to cross me

i will not conceal my fear

and that will make you afraid

i will hand you my fragile fate

and make myself bare

i will give you my fire

and dare you to stomp it out

for you will not

and you will never


i saw you

and i did not forget

i did not need your face

or your eyes in front of me

to make me remember

all the things you did

all the things i survived

and a rage boiled in me

deep and hot and violent

a rage i kept at bay

for myself

and myself alone

a pursuit of my strength


i saw you

and i did not fold

i remembered the person

that you knew

and their heart resounded

deep within my own again

like a jolt, a stir of my past self

like the pulse of a headache

like the last twitch of life before death

and i embraced it all


i saw you

and i did not crumple

i was silent and still

cold as winter

dark as night

strong as achilles

proud as faustus

i did not fall or falter

i did not die

i am alive

even though you hate me

even though you hurt me

i survived

and was born anew

i am now god

i am now impenetrable

standing before you

and the old me

weeps tears of joy

for her Lord

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About the Creator

angela hepworth

Hello! I’m Angela and I love writing fiction—sometimes poetry if I’m feeling frisky. I delve into the dark, the sad, the silly, the sexy, and the stupid. Come check me out!

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  • Novel Allen7 days ago

    This reads like the phoenix rising from the ashes...the old burnt away, making way for the new. Such strength and determination. Well lauded words.

  • John Cox24 days ago

    The power and strength in this poem resonates like the thunder above the storm. Really, really impressive for someone who only writes poetry when you’re feelin’ frisky. I’m totally wowed! Congrats on hitting the leader board. Richly deserved!

  • Ameer Bibi28 days ago

    Lots of love for your poem having a great strength in words

  • Murali28 days ago

    Your third stanza is so emotional.

  • Kodah28 days ago

    Incredible! Love your poem!! 💌

  • Shirley Belk28 days ago

    such strength and resolve!!!

  • Gosh that was so freaking powerful! You go girl! Loved your poem so much!

  • Much loved!!!

  • Heather Zieffle 29 days ago

    This was awesome! I loved it!

  • Caroline Craven29 days ago

    Wow. This was so good Angela.

  • Heather Hubler29 days ago

    I felt such a range of emotions reading this! And I loved the strength in those last lines.

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