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Poems: Real Life Reflections by Amy

Settling in

Settling in

Feels like summer vacation has wrapped up Living in limbo for months Waiting for the other shoe to drop Or things to get back to a semblance of normal Nothing seems to be any clearer Yet I sense it’s time to get back on track Whatever that means in a pandemic world I...

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Doing the work

Doing the work

I feel as though I’ve put myself through the wringer Over and over Learning the lessons Incorporating new insights Just when I think “I’ve got this!” That’s when it’s time to go down the rabbit hole again Humbling process But I can see the wisdom We only get what we...

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In a world full of darkness, there is still light

In a world full of darkness, there is still light

Things have been heavy No doubt about it Proverbial apple cart upturned Reality questioned Certainty tossed out the window Plans for the future, trashed summarily And yet, slivers of hope True beauty Clarity The Great Pause has given me a great deal An abundance that...

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Wokexhausted

Wokexhausted

Adjective 1. completely or almost completely depleted of mental and emotional energy directed towards being alert to injustice in society, especially racism This happens from time to time When I am working so damned hard To be open-minded Self-aware Expansive All of...

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Icing on the cake

Icing on the cake

Safe to be myself All facets, equally welcomed This is a simple concept But maybe not an easy one It’s a rare thing To feel comfortable Like it’s all good As an adult Like any good recipe, it takes several parts Main ingredients - Self worth Bravery to speak up when...

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Fierce but flexible

Fierce but flexible

Yin-yang Comfortable tension Permanently tugging, pulling, pushing, chasing one another Moderating, tempering THIS is the true source I’d agonized sitting on the fence Never committing But that was the point Delicate balance upon a fulcrum Your super power Not too...

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Taking up space

Taking up space

Been pondering this concept for a while Challenging old stories, paradigms I used to keep myself small, safe Palatable Easy-going to a fault Inconceivable that someone could think ill of me I’d generic’d myself down that far Slowly, parts of me that had been in a deep...

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Please don’t dim your light for me

Please don’t dim your light for me

If you have joy, I want you to feel free to share that with me I’ve lost my job You are having a record month Let me celebrate you achieving your wildly ambitious stretch goal I’m downsizing my life You are buying a dream luxury item Let me celebrate you prioritizing...

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Eggs

Eggs

You ever notice how when you get local eggs from a farm You marvel at the diversity and beauty of them? I mean, they are just eggs And taste pretty much just like the grocery store ones But the uniqueness is noteworthy Sizes. Shapes. Colors. Nuanced Noticeably...

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I miss people

I miss people

Feels weird This “new normal” or whatever we are calling it I started out resolute But have found myself slipping lately Mental health needs super-ceding physical health concerns I miss people A lot I’ve tapped out my introversion reserves And need a damned hug...

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