permission to breathe.

by Britt   May 3, 2017

It's like I've learned how to breathe again -

for 18 months my heart ached
and I chewed on all the words I'd left unspoken:
hesitation, urgency, helplessness, chaos, love, ease.

..and yet now,
now I wake up and breathe.
Deeply. Fervently. Once again.
..and it doesn't hurt so much,
not anymore.

What a sweet promise
to dip my toes into -

it doesn't have to hurt if I don't let it.


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  • 2 months ago

    by Ezrah Jayne

    I'm so glad that these perfectly woven words won, because it so deserved it. If I could have nominated it months back, I would have (I'm just not at that status, sadly). I know that not every poem is a reflection of personal experience, but this feels too real to be written for the perspective of another. It has been sitting in my favourites list for five months, just waiting for proper words... It felt too raw to comment on before and it still feels that way, so I hope my words are okay.

    So much beauty lies within this poem...
    The pain - how it took over for a while, but you found the power to stand up to it, to move into a place where it's bearable. The strength of facing it, even while it's still hard, is something to be proud of. Growth, progress, healing... it often seems unbearable. These words that you have written feel like the first step in taking back your power. It feels so raw, questioning even.

    It has great imagery in the brief story it paints. I love that aspect of it. Also, the way it's punctuated reads so nicely, it feels like the words just came out in a quiet whisper that was perfect from the beginning.

    Though the heart ache sucks, I'm sure that this experience will allow you to help others who are struggling with similar experiences. I personally feel deeply inspired by this poem. I do hope that each day has made things easier for you. <3

  • 5 months ago

    by BlueJay

    Judging Comment:

    Wow, firstly the way the author grows more aware of their own power as the piece goes on is incredible and highly inspiring. The voice is strong and the strength displayed by that use of voice is overwhelmingly beautiful. Absolutely nothing about this piece disappointed me this week and even though I don't have a lot to say (but I wish I did) every element of this piece was spot on.

  • 6 months ago

    by Em

    Love this as always ... That ending so true!!

  • 6 months ago

    by Nancy Martinez

    Love this poem it so deep
    And way to go on this win you deserved it

  • 7 months ago

    by Meena Krish

    Congrats on the Win!!

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