My happiness lies within me

by Chandra Sundeep
Szilvia Basso

A trembling leaf

Threatening to fall off 

Uprooted,

Homeless,

Unwanted

In the blink of an eye

And yet it holds strong

 

A tender caress

Loving words

A gentle kiss

The nectar to a parched soul

 

The leaf is me

On the threshold

Swaying between 

Life and death

 

Vulnerable I was

Naive and trusting

Not seeing the face 

Behind the farce

 

Harmed

Abused

Cheated

Bruised body

Dampened soul

 

Cracks and scars

Hidden from the world

Unhealed, unforgettable

Yet, I arise

Choosing life over death

 

Lessons learnt 

With shattered trust

Compassion kindled

With every scar gained

 

Not weak

But stronger

Cheated

Now wiser

Abused

But undefeated

 

My tears 

Not a sign of powerlessness

But of the rage

Building within

Challenging me beyond comfort

 

My silence doesn’t make me weak

Or meek

It is my superpower

It is my inner strength

 

Letting go of the past

Learning to trust again

Tread with caution

Rosy or thorny paths

I shall walk in them all

 

Battered yet courageous

Lost but undefeated

Like a phoenix, I rise

From the ashes, from the dust

 

Desires unfulfilled

Dreams unlived

A life to live

Find my happiness

Not outside

For it’s all within

 

First published on AMP as a featured post for the month.

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