Midnight Series

Le Nandini

lenandini

Dear Dad,

Once upon a time, you were my hero,
You were all I knew, all I saw, all I admired.
Everything you did, I did. I was your little girl, I was your shadow, you were my leader.

The one who was supposed to set a bar for me. Silently teach me how a woman should be treated and that no less should ever be accepted.

What a shame it was, that I grew up and saw that you were setting an example of the exact opposite.

You also showed me what it is like to have my wings torn off before they even grew. You taught me what it felt, like to have my heart shattered, long before anyone else had the opportunity to.

Dear Dad, I still want to thank you. The scars I wear remind me that I am a fighter and no one or anything…

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Cracking Your Armor

Stephanie Bennett-Henry pierces through the armor

Stephanie Bennett-Henry

You headstrong princess.

You stubborn warrior, hard and fierce.

No one told you about the day

when it would all come crumbling down

and you would lie there softened.

No one warned you about the day

you wouldn’t be able to stop

the cracking of your own armor,

that you would fall hard

and be covered in your own pieces.

No one prepared you for this day,

when you would come face to face

with the biggest battle of your life

and the war staring back at you

would be your own eyes.

Well, I am telling you now,

it’s not a fight you can look away from,

but try as you might,

the war of yourself is the toughest one

you will ever look in the eyes.

So look long and look hard.

This is the one that matters,

the one you cannot runaway from.

This is you

fighting…

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We Cannot Look Away: Not another 17, not another One

Just another day just another town bullet perforated backpacks spilling loose-leaf lined paper, textbooks onto blood stained sidewalks helicopters hovering to give us the birds eye view I tried to avert my eyes out of respect for the dead the injured but I could not look away Christine Ray Even though I should Because I … Continue reading We Cannot Look Away: Not another 17, not another One