My reflection is dim and jaded
Unfinished goals sit weak and still
This heart beats numb and faded
How did my dreams used to feel?
I’m struggling to let brokenness go
To renew my peace and my mind.
New growth is desperate to flow
Life is too short to stop and rewind.
Beauty awakens from deep inside
To leave my painful past behind.
There are no more reasons to hide
My heart’s success is all in the mind.
© Shelly Ambrose
Excerpt from the book Microaggression
The authors of Microaggression – Then & Now are speaking out. They are victims themselves and bravely share their experiences, concerns, hopes and fears through poetry and prose. They speak of a lack of empathy and tolerance in society. They warn of how words can cut, stir, disrupt and destroy. They refuse to accept others telling you that ‘you can't or ‘you’re not good enough’. They document long term derision, mocking of a person's skin color, sexual orientation and the dismissal of others and the lasting effects this has on all of us experiencing this. They want you to know that your handicap does not make you less of a human being.
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