The Shadow

The Shadow 
     follows me
            but it’s not mine

I run 

   It grabs me
and
  sits on my chest


I can’t 
    breathe!
       
You’re 
    strangling 
             me!

I’m so 
    terrified 
I will turn into you!

I’m not living
           my life!

Enough!

    With this pen
I will 
   fulfill my destiny!


I will 
  accomplish 
       EVERYTHING
you said 
    I wouldn’t!


You’re not 
       holding me back
                    anymore!

Neither 
am 
I!


Amberley Charlotte ©2022
Photo Cred: Michael Heuser


Just another mountain to climb

Just another mountain to climb

Fractured
        Broken
             Shattered

This isn’t how my story ends

Battling
        back

Fierce
     Determined

Feet on the ground
Eyes up!

Three steps forward
              life pulls you back
                               
Break away!

Focus forward
            keep walking!

The door is shut
you don’t live there anymore

I’ve got one
         life to live
                  
and I will live it
                as
                 I
                 choose!

A rebel with a
             very good reason!
                            
A warrior 
        on a mission!

You’re just another 
                mountain to climb

Sorry bitches!
You may pull me back
but you will never
keep me down!
 

Amberley Charlotte ©2022
Photo Cred: https://pixabay.com/users/cocoparisienne-127419/

Beautiful is…

Beautiful is

Beautiful is
a strong voice
a compassionate heart
the will to survive

Beautiful is
standing up
showing up
being there

Beautiful is
the courage
to walk through the fire
believing you’ll get
to the other side

Beautiful is
scars that tell stories
and survivors
willing to share them

Beautiful is
those who’ve walked
1 million painful steps
and wake up
each day
excited to
take another

Beautiful is
the struggles
the journeys
the broken roads
that lead you
home

Beautiful is
that moment
you accept
who
you
really
are

To Nettie with love:
Amberley Charlotte ©2022
Photo Cred: https://unsplash.com/@supergios

I will rise!

Knock me down
I will rise up

Lock me up
I will escape

Force me into submission
I will gain
strength

You can’t break
A Mother fighting
for her children

You can’t silence
A woman with
a broken heart

You can’t stop
Me!

I will find hope
in the evil
of your eyes

I will find light
in the darkness
of your heart

I will find strength
in your threats

You fuel my fire
You feed my determination
You solidify my resolve

The sun will rise again
and when it does
the world will see

My strength
and your insecurities

My courage
and your cowardice

My compassion
and your hatred

Because in the end

No matter
how hard you try

You will
NEVER
break me!

You will
NEVER
hurt me
AGAIN!

And I will
NEVER
be like
YOU!



Amberley Charlotte ©2022
Photo Cred: Nettie Atkisson