So many times, she swam in dark places,
afraid to dive in an inconsistent world.
Pained by love, she removed all traces,
atonement was given to a frightened girl.
She floated above a surface of calories,
undercurrents of self-destructive lies.
Punishment from within, she believed,
hurt less, than love that was disguised.
To fade away in a euphoria of restriction,
an all-consuming, blissful kind of high.
Or, drown in a tidal wave of rejection,
either way, her broken heard finally died.
Too much force from every direction,
pulling her under, holding her down.
Gasping for air, amongst the deception,
she asked “is it best to swim or drown?”
© Debra McLain
Excerpt from the book “Imperfect Paths”
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Foreword . . .
How many people can say they have not walked on rough terrain to get to where they are today? Most of us have been bruised and beaten to find out who we really are within; to find joy in this life we have been given. We are flawed beings with imperfect paths, and those turbulent journeys can either make us or break us.
It is easy to blame our past wrongs, the people who have tarnished our trust, and the bad bets the world throws at us. But we still hold the power to make a choice to become better than the humans who hurt us; to be the voice of change by learning from the experiences which have attempted to break us. Along the many roads traveled, the decisions we make will determine who we are to become.
Take a moment to walk in another’s shoes. The poets here have opened their Pandora’s Box, not to release the personal demons that taunt or once to keep them confined, but to share how to sever the weights one is shackled to.
Donna J. Sanders, Author
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