The essence of who I am

You are the part of me I admire most
the essence of who I am and want to be
How I came to let you go
~ to sever the bond we share
I do not know

All I know is I’m lost without you

Your tears stain my heart
burning my soul with remorse
each bloody drop echoing the cries of a trapped soul
buried alive
by my hands

How could I have betrayed you
denied you
been so ashamed of you
when it’s you I need
~ that piece of me that makes me who I am

Forgive me

Come, be one with me
impart your passion into my soul
awaken my heart with burning desire
with the beauty that is you

I’ve unlocked the door
broken the chains
removed your rags

Now,
be clothed
~ not in fashioned robes
~ not in silver or gold
Be donned in your own glory
standing boldly in your own skin
naked and without shame

I set you free
~ that part of me I need
as I need no other
~ my soul
~ my heart
~ my muse

~ me

The essence of who I am

Donna Keevers Driver

Toukley, Australia

Artist's Description

For many months now, I’ve been drowning in the stagnant waters of my writer’s heart. I’ve tried to write ~ as I once did; as I yearn to ~ but I felt trapped. Now, after struggling through said waters, I’ve come to see that the voices in my head, that I’ve picked up from outside influences during the course of my life and allowed to silence my “muse”, could not, and would not be silenced until I accepted me – full passion and all.

It’s as though my muse and I had been separated. And I so ashamed of the power and passion “she” possesses. She was bold and confident. I was timid and fearful. She would speak of passion unleashed, and I would water it down, “purify” it, make it suitable for the timid side of my character that feared judgement… I now realise that to not live, experience, and express the passion my writer’s heart possesses, is to die a slow and painful death.

So I am making peace with “her” and setting her free. This is an apology to my own soul – to the voice that is mine; to the heart I possess; to the writer I was created to be…

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