Poem: Fiercely Independent

By: Kimberly Potter Kendrick


The key discovered
Unlocking the cell
Risking everything
800 miles traveled
Oppressed life absconded

Fiercely independent; necessity and choice
Content with singleness
Fashioning a home
Passions aroused
Repression of the truth no longer
Poetry of the dark kind
Painting reality
Composing fine art; words on paper, paint on canvas

Short hair
Purple hair
Teal hair
Bed unmade
Piled up dishes
On the floor, clothes strewn

Swimming lap after lap after lap
Swimming at hurt
Swimming at anger
Swimming at dark thoughts
Swimming at time wasted
Swimming until exhaustion
Arising from the water anew

Will healing occur?
Is damage irreparable?
Refusing to hate
Refusing to blame
Challenges bestowed
Standing tall
Staring at the ground no longer
No circumstances for gazing backwards

No fear
Fervent about life
Various ones declare selfishness
She retorts self-preservation
Guidance, tranquility; her prayers
Climbing ladders
Risking plummeting
No failures, no mistakes
Simply lessons
Small steps, huge leaps
Triumphs fostering the fiercely independent woman

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