Tuesday, 9 October 2018

I Am

by Christine Elizabeth Ray

I am
fragments of poetry
wisps of dreams
drifting musical notes
memories captured in amber
metal dragons
origami cranes
blood orange kisses
words of strength
etched in ink on skin

poet’s soul
woman’s heart
lover’s passion
witch’s spirit
shield maiden’s battle cry
pieces of me, all

I drink the moon
hear my own music in my veins
listen to all the women I am
who demand to be
made visible
made whole

who tell me that I am
done apologizing
done containing
my darkness
my fierceness
my light
to make others comfortable

I am
done whispering

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© 2017 Christine Elizabeth Ray – All Rights Reserved

Christine Elizabeth Ray is an indie author and freelance editor who lives outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is the creator of the blog Brave and Reckless and Managing Editor of The Sudden Denouement Literary Collective (Blood Into InkSudden DenouementSudden Denouement Publishing, & Whisper and the Roar) as well as Indie Blu(e) Her writing has been featured on SpillWords, fēlan poetry & visual zine, Nicholas Gagnier’s Swear to Me (2017), and his upcoming collection, All the Lonely People. Christine’s first book of poetry, Composition of a Woman, was published by Sudden Denouement Publishing in July of 2018. Her second book of poetry, The Myths of Girlhood, is scheduled for release later this year.

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