I am proud to share my poem, Trauma, is published in Volume 5: Transformations, curated by Lamplit Underground.
Lamplit Underground is a lushly and evocatively illustrated magazine where the illustrations lend deeper meaning to the writing rather than speak for the words. It is a joy to see my poem in the company of gifted fellow writers and new wordsmiths whose thoughts on transformations are transformative.
Trauma is transformative. Pain, however small I might think its beginning in someone else, cannot be measured against itself or other hurt. Hurt is hurt.
Some of us heal from our trauma. It allows us to grow stronger, to find the courage to grow, evolve, and enjoy life. Trauma is a wake-up call. Others hold onto their trauma. It becomes a part of who they are. It begins to define them. Sometimes it also holds them back.
In writing I cannot hold back. Writing that is angry, passionate, or daring is writing that moves, teaches, and encourages. Even if the writing is dark or disturbing, readers take away something valuable from it. The darkness is necessary to the story.
I invite you to enjoy Trauma and find your diamond among what you thought was coal.
Cast iron breaks at my touch
Emitting an echo like resilient glass clinking
It shatters . . . please continue reading here and do share your beautiful thoughts!
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