#2 NaPoWriMo — My Gift

Posted: April 3, 2016 in Uncategorized


You don’t know me.
The REAL me.
You merely see what you want to see
Telling me to forget what I used to be
Saying, “How will the past determine your future
What good is it to re-live the demons of
Your childhood
Young adult
Adult years?”

With medical degrees that line your walls…
Paper your world like a padded room
Books that gather dust upon your shelves
Tombs that are supposed to define
The likes of me
I laugh
You are not equipped to handle my story

I am undefined
To a point that you cannot “help” me
Not now
Not ever.

Fear is a constant companion in my world
The secret spot I go to daily
Without coaxing
Without trying

I smile
because the world says I should
Inside the darkness it feels like I die a little
Every moment of every day
Those little ‘deaths’ bring me closer to the light
I have acknowledged them
Accepted them for what they are

My gift is that I am a warrior queen
A survivor
In my own right
Of my own might
For now and ever more
I am the only one who holds the key
That will unlock the truth
That will set me FREE

~Marsha Nelson



  1. 1sojournal says:

    I’m standing and applauding. I knew the prompt might be difficult for some, we keep secrets for all kinds of reasons. Your piece is so straight forward, so honest and real. Thank you for all of that. And yes, I do believe the light gets brighter every time we set pen to paper. A warrior queen, huh? Does that mean I should be more careful? Hugs honey, you deserve them,


  2. Okay, Elizabeth …. now I’m blushing!!! Thanks.

  3. pmwanken says:

    What a great image you used to accompany your piece. I like pairing words to pictures. Seems you’ve done well with finding a picture to pair with your words. I’ve not taken the time to do so, so far this month. And, I’m with Elizabeth here…your words come across very real and honest. Thanks!

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