Destiny (NaPoWriMo 7 of 30)

I have never given that much thought to destiny Simply having an understanding that my life work was meant to begin with paper and pen Writing has always been my gift A love of reading and speaking somehow transformed into taking place on public stages where I share my pain and hurt Pour my all into describing how I’ve loved and lost Been touched in the most uncommon profane ways The broken relationships between parents and peers I found comfort in releasing what was trying so hard to keep me bound Secrets that attempted to silence me I found strength in speaking them out loud Knowing that to keep any part of them within would kill me A slow lonely harrowing death I am not nearly as strong as others think me to be Realizing that a part of the person dies in the quest to survive against all odds They have never been in my favor the odds And maybe strength is only perceived when compared to another My destiny is tied to emptying the contents of my mind And this in itself is a troubling thing When there is no place to hide but out in the open Becoming invisible with every emotion shared How can your salvation be embedded in your pain I find life in my work Knowing that if I was to die on any given day it would be in peace over pieces of me strewn across “Fertile Ground for Love” poems on a stage called home

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