the way out

On October 28, 2017, in BLOG, poetry, by brendajohima

meaningless mind wandering

stuck in the head

body detached from grounding breath

lost in suffering

no way out

until her dog

made her laugh

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Truth

On October 28, 2017, in BLOG, poetry, by brendajohima

Truth is the way

In

Out

Through

Around

Over

Out

If you are brave enough

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Her World

On October 28, 2017, in BLOG, poetry, by brendajohima

her world became so small

smaller than she wanted to admit

to anyone

not even herself

prison life would be busier

she thought

and she quickly snapped herself out of that thought

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The Journey by Mary Oliver

On October 28, 2017, in BLOG, poetry, by brendajohima

The Journey

One day you finally knew

what you had to do, and began,

though the voices around you

kept shouting

their bad advice–

though the whole house

began to tremble

and you felt the old tug

at your ankles.

“Mend my life!”

each voice cried.

But you didn’t stop.

You knew what you had to do,

though the wind pried

with its stiff fingers

at the very foundations,

though their melancholy

was terrible.

It was already late

enough, and a wild night,

and the road full of fallen

branches and stones.

But little by little,

as you left their voices behind,

the stars began to burn

through the sheets of clouds,

and there was a new voice

which you slowly

recognized as your own,

that kept you company

as you strode deeper and deeper

into the world,

determined to do

the only thing you could do–

determined to save

the only life you could save.

by Mary Oliver

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We Are The Underdogs We Are The Wise Ones

On October 25, 2017, in BLOG, poetry, by brendajohima

we are

the quietest, most shy, least bold, most challenged, most messed up, least focused

most often

the silently wise

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