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I AM

In the shiny house that is my family
I have been
The spare room receptacle,
of the superfluous and chaotic.

In the healthy body that is my family
I have been
The liver, enlarged and diseased,
distiller of the toxic.

In the band of miners that is my family
I have been;
The caged canary sent in solo,
singing silent in the darkness.

In the small regiment that is my family
I have been
The loyal foot soldier with bayonet,
bludgeoned out of the trenches and over the top.

In the flock of geese that is my family
I have been
Forever flying last in formation,
tending to the fallen.

But today in the bright epiphany of morning
I am
the creator tenderly joining
each precious jigsaw piece of past,
and seeing for the first time how
each piece of who
I have been
is essential to my Zeitgeist
part of who
I am

© Valentina63 2009

I AM

Valentina D

Joined September 2008

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A poem about some of the not so nice places from which we come, the roles that as daughters and women we have been taught to take on….. but also on the empowerment that comes from acceptance of the past and the integration of the “then” and “now”.When we own the positive aspects of past experiences (and throw away the negative) the past can enrich us and no longer has the power to render us victims of circumstance.

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