Return to site

Be brave

Written on International Women's Day 2017

This is a poem I wrote out of frustration. Sometimes when we are not able to engage with others suffering we stick a happy positive thinking bumper sticker on it, tell women to 'be brave' - without really going into what that even means. I am affirmation, positive thinking, law of attraction woo wooist but I'm also a survivor and there are days when I don't want to be brave, where I don't want to focus on the positive, when I just want someone to listen.

Be brave they say

Meant as encouragement but feels like judgment

Be brave they say

As if my the very miracle that I even got out of bed this morning isn't enough

Be brave

Have courage they shout

Like it's a pill you can swallow daily

Have courage they shout

As if my whimper is not enough for their roaring lions

Have courage

Just keep going they implore

My body bruised and beaten

Just keep going they implore

My mind shattered and weeping

Just keep going

Focus on the positive they sigh

Like I hadn't considered that?

Focus on the positive they sigh

As the bile mixed with flashbacks reaches my throat

Focus on the positive

I'm so sorry that happened she said

I believe you she said

I'm here she said How can I help?

You just did, I replied.

All Posts
×

Almost done…

We just sent you an email. Please click the link in the email to confirm your subscription!

OKSubscriptions powered by Strikingly