My sky seems to fall
And my earth seems to climb
When there is sadness
I am caught between the lines
There is sorrow I cannot control
And bitterness within my heart
There is darkness in my soul
I seem to be falling apart
And if you ever thought you know
Then you are just as blind
See my sky seems to fall
As my earth seems to climb
My inner-verse has corrosion
There seems to be droughts of rain
The atmosphere is quite dry
And the air is full of pain
It hurts to breathe again
The normalcy of inhaling and to exhale
My skin feels colder now
Lack of color, I’m quite pale
I tapped into my instincts
Where intellect greets the spirit nudging
Only Faith and common sense…
Will keep me from grudging
To refrain from the tale of hurt
Or the agony of defeat
As you see my sky seems to fall
As my earth seems out of reach
© Shantelle ‘Elle’ McLin
Excerpt from the book Beyond Nursery Rhymes; Real Life Tales
Beyond Nursery Rhymes by Shantelle ‘Elle’ McLin
Between the covers of this book, you will find a pilgrimage. For author, ‘Elle’ McLin, in describing her past as a painful one, would be trite and dismissive. It is through enormous turmoil that she found herself; slowly healing, then breaking free of victimhood. She later awakens to new found hope.A victim of sexual abuse; the reality of her writing conveys to the reader, that the true assault was the violation of her soul. The aftermath was a skewed self-perception, which created a pattern of self-deprecation and bitter angst. This is a glimpse into the heart of a woman who became terrified of love, yet desired to be loved; a dichotomy. So skillfully written, Elle has masterfully conveyed her deepest, blood-raw emotions in this exquisite collection of prose.
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About the Author
Recreational writing began for this author at the age of 9 in journal formatting. Her creativeness was sparked in Middle school during a notable visit to the library with her best friend. With an outdated range of selections, she instantly identified with the poets’ generations before her; she had found her outlet.
While facing great personal difficulties, Elle treated poetry as a feel-good remedy to her melancholic episodes. This would become freeing to a young and timid adolescent, as she discovered her voice. Writing would become a soother and her pen, a microphone to express her challenges.