If you have experienced trauma, you know the impact in can have on your ability to function. As I reflected on trauma -- my own and others'-- trauma and the healing journey, I was inspired to write about it. I hope this poem holds beauty for you as you work towards self-love and self care.
Bright Blessings, Mary Clare
Photo credit @Doc Jon
Many ships have set sail while I on the shore sat
quiet, healing, digging deep for the truth.
There are no sandcastles here, only
stories shadowed by pain, and walls
built to keep me safe.
My light dimmed and shadowed by pain and trauma.
Hurts I can hardly express.
My voice soft and shallow,
knowing no one will ever truly understand.
My heart had lost its home.
Leaving emptiness in my eyes,
And stiffness in my joints.
I cannot focus on ships.
Instead, I allow
waves of peace to meet me,
nurturing my soul and healing
I allow the life-giving sea to reawaken my essence.
Rays of light, pulsing, growing, stretching
releasing the ache I have carried,
Washing away what hurts,
Allowing strength, and power and beauty,
to fill my empty spaces
Until at last
I find me.