Within Reach

Each hurt
each pain
each bitter pill I had to swallow
became a piece of armour
until one day I realized
I was covered
head to toe
silver armour
diamond studded to ensure
that no one can get through
no one can shear past this woven protection
and within
my heart
my soul
my being are kept hidden.
I feel the sun upon my face
arms akimbo
soaking in the natural beauty
feeling it upon my soul.
Unfurling
reaching for the warmth
tears begin to pool
slow to seep
fall over slender cheek
eyes closed
head back
deep breath
taking in cleansing air
exhaling a black cloud of emotion.
Rage.
Fear.
Disgust.
Shame.
Ego.
All the things that would hold me back.
I embrace this time of change.
I embrace this time of looking back
accepting what was.
I embrace this time of now
learning anew who I am.
I embrace this time of looking forward
to seeing my dreams and reaching for them.
©July 16/22

Look Away

Beneath porcelain mask
Ivory skinned
Fine lines
Shatter through tears
Smile I do
It is all expected
No tears
No wants
No desires
Forever dangled
Within reach
Violently snatched
No gentleness
Net slashed through
Falling
Forever screaming
Hands clawing
Velvet air made glass sharp
Rips through
Soul bled
Agony
Howling emptiness
Gaping hole
Never satiated
Sorry
Words spoken
Plastic salve
Band aid
Barely sticks
Dismissed
Wave of hand
Remove him from sight
For he offends
His joker’s hand
Cultivated to subdue
To rage raw
To finally let go
A petty farce
Look not close
Look not where smile dips
Look not where no light flows
Look away when years appear
Look away
Please

©Nov. 7/19
Picture via Pinterest

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