The Inheritance – Author Teresa Roberts


Winter always reminds her

of the fragility of loneliness

It sweeps in on the wings

of birds that have the intestinal fortitude

to sing in spite of icy winds

carrying a bitter sting.


She wasn’t particularly tough though

Piling on warm clothes, she’d shiver

by the fire with pots of tea while

her thoughts strayed to darker days

Lost to the world for a while

Unable to deliver a single smile


Folks said that she shouldn’t care

after the passing of so many years

Let it go, shed your tears, and let it go

And, when the sun was shining,

she could let it go, well, not entirely

but at least attain a loosened grip

letting it slip away


Is that cheating, she wondered out loud,

to pretend that the dark days before

she had her freedom to fly

no longer obscured a sunny sky?


Oh, those persistent memories

Buried in her genes

A sexually transmitted family pain

Intertwined with a thread of consciousness

that she continually fought to regain


Yes, the years have passed so quickly

She’s no longer that young girl who yearns

Except on occasion when those winter days



©  Teresa Roberts

Excerpt from the book “Imperfect Paths”


Foreword . . .

How many people can say they have not walked on rough terrain to get to where they are today? Most of us have been bruised and beaten to find out who we really are within; to find joy in this life we have been given. We are flawed beings with imperfect paths, and those turbulent journeys can either make us or break us.

It is easy to blame our past wrongs, the people who have tarnished our trust, and the bad bets the world throws at us. But we still hold the power to make a choice to become better than the humans who hurt us; to be the voice of change by learning from the experiences which have attempted to break us. Along the many roads traveled, the decisions we make will determine who we are to become.

Take a moment to walk in another’s shoes. The poets here have opened their Pandora’s Box, not to release the personal demons that taunt or once to keep them confined, but to share how to sever the weights one is shackled to.

Donna J. Sanders, Author

This book was sponsored by the Starving Artist Fund by the publishing group Creative Talents Unleashed.

100% of all proceeds from this book are being donated to the “Starving Artist Fund” to assist writers in becoming published authors. Please support a writer today!

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