The words he said left an echo which has only now, begun
to fade. “I didn’t break you, you were already broken.” It felt
like a hundred pins were stuck into me all at once, with my
body’s gating mechanism shut down so that I could feel the
pain in every cell of every part of my body. He broke my
heart, but it was my whole body which fell apart.
“Broken”- he called me. I was damaged, damaged goods
with no value. I spent a long time trying to make sense of
that word. A little longer, I spent on anyone who could fix-
broken. God, I hated that word.
I wish I could say- that I realized the words he spoke that
night were false, lies and nothing more but I can’t. I’m only
just now learning, maybe he was right; maybe I am broken;
but I am so done waiting around for him to come and fix me.
© Ameena K.G
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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