United we stand, Divided we fall

When did we become
so fractured?

When did judgement
become a trend
and kindness a rarity?

We are here to
share the colors
of our lives

Strengthen our bonds

Understand and acknowledge love

And be the peace
comfort
and sanctuary
somebody needs
today

We are not here
to steal the joy
others seek

to rob them of
a life of peace
and happiness

to suffocate
wound
or maim

to control
rule
or
lord over them

We are not here
to leave a legacy of hate

How did we become this?

There is kindness in the masses
Strength in the majority
and POWER IN LOVE!

United we stand
Divided we fall

We are capable of more!
We are worth more!
We must be more!


Amberley Charlotte ©2022
Photo: John Hain






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/

Put on a brave face

Put on a
brave face
it’s party time

But we know the truth

We know who’s valued
We know who’s not

A celebration
fireworks
parties
desserts

Yet so many
are deserted

How dare you say
we’re equal
when you strip
us naked
and leave us
to die

Your pen is a sword
Your vote is poison

Your hearts are cold
Your intentions are evil

Your daughters
will never forget

Neither will we!


Amberley Charlotte ©2022
Photo Cred: ruan-richard-rodrigues-v8fDCzXyG1o-unsplash



We Will Roar To Be Heard!

ROAR TO BE HEARD!

Respect is not taken
You cannot
beat
someone
to gain respect

You cannot buy respect
steal respect
or force respect

Silence may be purchased
Respect will not

To be respected
you must be respectful

Men

We need allies
not captors

We need supporters
not protectors

We need your voices
not your silence

We need action
not platitudes

We need men
we can trust
not jail wardens

We are equal
not less than

We are warriors!
We are strong!
We are capable!
We are driven!

We are fierce!
We are protectors!
We are sisters!

We are the wives
and partners
You vowed to love

The children
you promised to protect

The grandchildren
you waited for

The Mothers  
who gave you life

The Doctors
who saved your life

The Therapists
who listen
to your pain

We need men
who are worthy
of respect

We need community
We need you
We need each other

Stand with us!
Our lives literally depend on it!


Do not be silent!

Give us your voice
Your support
Your respect

And then
You will have earned ours!

We are Lionesses!
We will protect our children!
We will protect each other!

And if we have to
We will
ROAR TO BE HEARD!


Amberley Charlotte @2022
Photo Cred: https://pixabay.com/users/pf%C3%BCderi-199315/

What if?

What if?

I didn’t know
I could

I didn’t believe
I would

I hoped
but never thought

The stairs are
steep
narrow
and winding

When I look
down
I get sick

What if I fall?
What if I fail?
What if I can’t hang on?
What if it destroys me?

What if?
What if?
What if?

STOP!

BREATHE!

One

step

at

a

time

Don’t look down
Don’t look back

Blinders on
Goal in sight

Focus Forward!

Can you live
with a lifetime
of regrets?

What if
you find peace?

What if
you find joy?

What if
you heal?

What if
it’s everything
you wanted?

Don’t wait
any longer

Start now!

Amberley Charlotte ©2022

Photo Cred: Nick Fewings: https://unsplash.com/@jannerboy62

I’m listening


I’m listening

I’m cold
and scared

What comes next?

We’re scared of
what we don’t understand

We’re scared of
what we can’t see

We’re scared of
paths not yet walked

Who told you
dark was bad
and light
was good?

What if
what lurks
in the shadows
are blessings?

What if boogeymen
are angels
protecting us?

What if
a team of angels
we’re around you
right now?

Are you still scared?

In every darkness
there is light

In every light
there is darkness

We’re not meant
to control it

We’re meant to
experience it
live it
overcome it

There is beauty
in darkness

Peace in the
silence

And strength
in all of us

The unknown
doesn’t have to be
scary

Take my hand
you’re not alone

We will walk
this path together
with courage
and bravery

The Angels are here
what do you want
to say to them?

Helpers in The Dark Forest
speak to me
I’m listening


Amberley Charlotte ©2022
Photo Cred: https://unsplash.com/@jannerboy62