My Markings As Prayer (poetry reading)

My Markings As Prayer

summer 2017

For my past, present, future
and nothing more
or no one else


I battle the war within
of dysfunctional beauty
and hopeful wounds


the things people have told me
the things I’ve hidden inside of me


I cry out loud
    praying for a break in the cycle
I laugh out loud
    praying for forgiveness


Each day I carry with me
    the burden of my direct maternal line
        the pride of the women’s lives before mine


Each night I set free
    the resentment for my upbringing
        the gratitude for my forward singing


And I reach back
    I stretch ahead
        I pull from within
As I announce my shame dead



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