By Rae Lemke Sprung


I grew out of fresh starts and
believing in silver-tongued promises of
second chances;
thought stagnation was a curse
and I had knocked on the witch’s door
and paid for it
and with the curse came pain -

a buried-deep kind of awful
underground in grief
and heavy silence.

souls are perennial, though
so it was a growing kind of awful -
tears as raindrops -
so I might, yet, come forth into bloom;

so I may have paid, too, for my blessings

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