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I rise from the ashes
After scorching the lies of my youth
I come to terms, realize
It’s okay to be a mess
I no longer have to evade my truth
I wasn’t born into this madness
Neatly packaged with a bow on my head
I arrived early, just after midnight
Hungrily screaming, eager to be fed
My strength comes not from dodging discomfort
But from standing tall and facing demons directly
Whether of my own cognitions
Or cleverly left behind by short term connections
I no longer endure suffocating in anguish
Thankfully, my foundation strengthens daily
It’s built on a hill that I climb routinely
After getting knocked away
But being too stubborn to stay - away
Groundwork constructed based on
Candid awareness of my own faults
Using my mornings to grow
Rising in gratitude to practice positive self-talk
Praying - speaking directly to my soul
Daily efforts to thwart off poor treatment
Because I refuse to tolerate it in my home
No more do I romanticize this life
Or the future I pray I’m blessed to see
I am able to face expected trials with a clearer mind
Because of lessons learned today and how they shape who I plan to be