This was a poem written in response to a prompt on Pen & Pendulum’s IG page. Prompts are a great way to improve your writing skills. I have never responded to a writing prompt online but recently became involved with some writers who are inspiring me to hone my craft.
What she once was held her back,
causing her chest to hurt…
Delinquent too unruly to tame.
Child lost within the the system.
Rape victim too promiscuous to know the difference.
Teen mom who threw her future away.
No more West Point.
No law and definitely no order.
No point in having dreams and goals.
“A life destroyed”, they said.
What no one saw coming was her ability to rise out of the ashes their labels left behind when burned.
No one, including her, expected that she’d defy the odds after picking up a few more labels and heartbreaks.
Domestic violence survivor.
Business owners with promise and purpose.
World changer who speaks truth to those who feel broken,
because she knows the power of words so she chooses to use hers to uplift and build.
She rose like a phoenix from the ashes her old life left behind,
finally embracing a life free from labels and shame.
For what she became wasn’t written on her childhood walls.
Her scars didn’t foretell the depth of her healing.
Her wounds didn’t give any clues to her future success.
She became what she once thought impossible,
what she once thought untrue.
If you enjoyed this poem, you may enjoy walking with me through poems I wrote between the ages of 8 and 42 in When I Stopped Remembering Tomorrow. A journey with me through my life as told through my poetry and reflections on the poem, this book shares with you how I stopped building shrines to yesterday and scripting my tomorrows. Through the 29th, I’ve lowered the Kindle price for those who are enjoying additional reading during this time. I’ve also lowered the paperback price through May.
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