Learning to Stay Afloat

Learning To Stay Afloat

Learning To Stay Afloat ~ Original Acrylic by KimNelson

Learning to stay afloat
Takes time/experience

Adrift
Waves crash
Undertow grasps
Surf/life abrades, erodes

Then/when
You let go
of expectations
Accept what is/can be

You’re healed
Lightened
Brightened
Heightened
Enlightened

Free
To float

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Mastered

Chameleon, I mastered early

Authenticity? Years to attain

Lacking a soul nurtured fondly
Self love came
First

Once  fiercely and tenderly caring for me
Became the norm
I could see

The way
Loving unconditionally

From fear
Finally free

 

*Written for Poets United, An Authentic Life
(Write a poem about an authentic life, living your passion, following your bliss. Fact or fiction, tell a tale in poetry. Make a deeper truth known. One caveat: Do it in fewer than 13 lines.)

Stolen, Kept, Released

Upon release
From eremitic cage
She walked, tall
Center-axis spined

Breath drawn even
Eyes frosty, forward, sage
Attitude
Bumptious, brash and blind

Shoulders squared
Jaw frigid, tense, firm
Armored head to toe
Sublime yet tined

That which happened there
Forces her, in spite of flair,
To acknowledge
The two are ever twined

So she remains

A
Crystalized
Balanced
Ordered
Multidimensional
One

Cold as ice
Challenged
Morbid
Untouched
By love, warmth, sun

He may as well have killed her.

*Posted at Poets United, Verse First, Wednesday, January 30, 2013