Introductions- Christine Ray

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I am survival
etched on my skin
in black ink
pierced through my cartilage
and lobes with silver rings and studs
I am survival
knit into my scalp
under salt and pepper hair
cropped close
when I decided I was more
than long curly locks
no one’s eye candy
I am survival
visible in the faint half-moon
scar that circles my throat
and the other that
plays connect-the-dots
between my pelvic bones
because square pegs
do not always come out
of round holes
and motherhood is not
for the faint of heart
I am survival
see the fine lines that
starburst from the corners
of my eyes
drawn by laughter
and steely determination
declaring that I am no longer
a mere girl
but a woman grown
and I have lived
I am survival
when I clutch my pen
in aching hands
ignoring the pain in each knuckle
and cut the silence in two
with its sharp tip
and refuse to put my truths
back in the locked box
for other people’s comfort
I am
my own

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© 2018 Christine Elizabeth Ray – All Rights Reserved

38 thoughts on “Introductions- Christine Ray

  1. this truly defines you and your are beautiful, each scar, each blemish a testimony of your quest to be who you are with no compromise, as I mentioned earlier, you took the challenge a level higher! Thank you Christine!

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  4. C, C, C! You make me gnash my teeth reading your work (this is a GOOD thing) I FEEL so much reading your work. Rather than blithering on I want to quote all of it but this is the sublime part I decided to select as my favorite;
    because square pegs
    do not always come out
    of round holes
    and motherhood is not
    for the faint of heart
    I am survival
    see the fine lines that
    starburst from the corners
    of my eyes

    Liked by 1 person

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