Poem: New Year’s Eve 2013-14

A year ago I buried you,
My heart and lungs cold and quivering
As I put you in the frozen ground

Last winter I shattered,
And when I went looking for my pieces,
I found ones I didn’t know I’d lost

This spring I let loose with my fury,
Crying and whispering my rage at all the ugly truths
To the deaf and distant stars

This summer I found happiness—
One you would have hated, tried to destroy
But it’s mine now, and I’m done bleeding for you

This fall I faced myself as I am,
Not what I (or you) believed me to be
I never deserved brokenness

This winter I felt my soul—
The strength you leaned on, and the spirit you once crushed,
And I finally understood:

I spent the last year digging you out.

I think this goes without saying, but as we live in a world of rampant asshattery, please allow me to state for the record: this is my intellectual property. As such, please do not copy, circulate, edit, alter, take credit for, or otherwise appropriate this material without my express permission. Thank you.

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