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Poems from Journal Titled, Black and Blue (2018 - 2019)

By Alyssa "Lefty" P.Published 3 years ago 1 min read
A bruise always changes color before it heals.


Poem derived from my first completed journal, Black and Blue (2018-2019). Written December 10th 2017.


Lefty feels the scars

that others can't see.

Lefty's body is exhausted,

the imprisonment

keeping her soul from being free.

She washes her skin free from sin,

but Lefty knows that only God

can pardon her from a bad deed.

She goes with the motions,

the pen glides smoothly on

her paper as her mind flows.

Lefty is the tool to her only

form of escape.

Lefty knows that this therapy

keeps her sane from the paradox of insanity that is routine.

She gets a thrill of not knowing

what word, phrase,

sentence comes next,

She just allows her spirit to

spit fire or water,

sometimes air when she's stuck...

But what's beautiful about Lefty

is her inability

to cease. She keeps going, letting

the pain bleed out in


and red, but mostly


Lefty says all the emotions

I can't put into words.

She speaks raw truth sometimes

defined by intricate word play

and equivocally subtle lines,

not knowing what power her writing holds,

but she hold the hopes together of I,

who prays that one day

Lefty will set me free.


About the Creator

Alyssa "Lefty" P.

28 year-old NuYoRican from Spanish Harlem who has a passion for writing, learning, achieving peace, faith, and empowering others. I've established a career as an educator and career counselor for over five years. Instagram: @alyssaleftyp

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