Peeling back layers of guilt and regret
Like flaking paint off old walls
Looking for that core resistance
That sacred bit that never falls
Taking that mortality and draping it wide
Letting it cover you in renewed pride
I lean, stumble and sometimes fail
Working through tears and lingering pain
But fortitude grows when love is planted
Those seeds in others doubled, supplanted!
I sow words of poetry in hungry minds
Looking to release gender-based violence
Tears turn to pearls as hearts tumble and crack
And a new warrior is born, each time I step back!