On self-harm

We are always just one decision awayFrom self-destruction.One bitter thought awayFrom sabotaging our relationships,One attitude of self-pity away fromMaking every moment about ourselves.Our propensity towards self-harmIs disturbingly persistent.Desiring the forbidden fruitAs though none of the others were good enough,Leaning into our depravityAs though it were in our best interests to do so.We need saving-Not just […]

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Fighting for atmostphere

Pessimism is too costly.Worst case scenario projectingIs really never worth it.We are negative to our own perilDoubtful to our own destructionWe gain little from smallmindnessAnd victimhood earns us peanuts.Wake up!You are not obligatedTo that downward spiral. Why are you cast down, O my soul,    and why are you in turmoil within me?Hope in God; for I […]

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Boats to Tarshish

If you dwell on other people’s faultsFor long enoughIt gets easierTo handle them with an iron claw,To wish for their punishmentMore than their redemption,To hold them to a stricter standardThan you could ever bear,To magnify their failures’Til they blot out the sun.Boats to TarshishWill always be available:An opportunity for offence to grow legsAnd for hateful […]

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I have never walked alone

He was right thereWhen my feet swept the streets in the darkness.He sat with meWhen no one else would.When I was overlookedHe gazed upon me with intent.When I lost all my friendsHe called me by name.When I was deeply misunderstoodHe saw me.When I felt alone in the crowdHe singled me out for Himself.Distant lands and […]

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Loners

Aren’t always lonely.Aren’t necessarily antisocialNor are they invariably plagued with depression-Loners often find themselvesOn paths that only they can walk-Not angrilyAnd not seeking to prove any points;Just going solo.This part of the journey is theirsAnd theirs alone.Solitude is not a vice,Indeed it can be a pathTo finding your soul again.Not everything can be sharedNor should […]

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On showing up to write

I am not here because I feel like it.I am here because it matters.I am not here for people to applauseI am here to make my thoughts coherent.I am not here to make up for the days I didn’t writeI am here because today’s words need to be writtenAnd there are people who need them.This […]

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Heart solo

The heart sings solo. People may harmonise with us in heartache But they can never actually sing our song. They might cheer us on on our big day But the race is ours to run. No one else can be in your corner  Quite like you are in your own. The heart flies solo. It […]

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Foot shooting

Self-sabotage is real.Upward mobility is no straight line.We do not always have our ownBest interests at heart.From climate change to personal addictionLike a moth to the flameWe don’t always knowHow to steer clear of self-inflictedDisaster.Shooting ourselves in the footAs it turns out,Is far more naturalThan it seems.

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Writing about freedom

Is not the same as being free.There’s a lot of thingsThat if I wrote about themWould render me cowardOr a hypocriteBecause my pen is more fluentThan my actual voice.Its true, sometimes the words on the pageFeel rapturousTranscendent,But then the paragraph comes to an endAnd the things I’ve been avoidingAre still waiting for me.Writing about freedomIs […]

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Rising faith

We acknowledge the factsWe too can see how dire things are.We too can feel the hairs standing on our armsThe stone forming in the bellyThe flashes of fear in the mind’s eye.We too don’t know what tomorrow holds.We too are scared.But we do knowThat the paths fear leads us downAre not spaciousThat plodding along in […]

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