honor the pain

strength often means inviting the pain to come be your lover, your friend, your teacher. listen to what it has come to share. treat it getnly and let it go on its way.
strength often means inviting the pain to come be your lover, your friend, your teacher. listen to what it has come to share. honor the pain. then let it go gently on its way.

broken and shared (poem)

i stripped down
laid the brokenness
in a pile at your feet
you held my
fragility
carefully rubbed salve
into my
festering wounds

i was terrified that
my vulnerability
would strangle me
but you were not afraid
to walk down that path
and untangle the knots
so i could breathe

as my tears washed away
the layers of silt
glints of more vibrant colors
caught newfound light-
together
we found the ones worth
saving

slowly you
handed me the pieces
while i
glued together
a new mosaic of
breath-taking
shards
forming a
coherent narrative
that i am no longer
afraid to share

sk lockhart
july 5, 2015