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March 10, 2017 – Refuge From The Fight

I’m in a rough spot right now. Having a hard time staying positive and focused on moving forward. I suppose this is all a part of the transition. Being born is painful I’m told. Not sure how anyone figured that out, however, I know pushing a life into this world is no picnic, so I’d imagine it’s not just a ride down the birth canal and BOOM, here we are.

I liken the deaths and rebirths people experience, I experience, to coming into the world for the first time, it’s just more of a mental process once we’ve taken the initial breath of life. It’s no less painful, and more difficult to navigate away from.

When I get into these mental snits, I find it best to focus on something in my life that is not attached to any form of stress. Most often it revolves around books and poems. I hold onto something steeped in words and it provides a reprieve from the every day struggles of life.

Reading and writing have always been a means of escape for me, though much of what I read and write during these bouts of need peace of mind are focused on some pretty hard core subject matter. Irony?

Won’t You Celebrate With Me by Lucille Clifton

won’t you celebrate with me
what i have shaped into
a kind of life? i had no model.
born in babylon
both nonwhite and woman
what did i see to be except myself?
i made it up
here on this bridge between
starshine and clay,
my one hand holding tight
my other hand; come celebrate
with me that everyday
something has tried to kill me
and has failed.

 

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