Damsel – Kristiana Reed


You are not a damsel in distress

nor a princess to be saved

you are a warrior

and you woke up like this;

beautiful in your fury,

stunning in your victory.

And if the tide flows red

and friend or foe

tries to treat you as less;

you show them the scars

of lightning – the livid

lily flesh of survival

not even Zeus can contest,

show them the fires

in your eyes

and thunder storms

in your mind,

show them courage

in a smile

or in a resting bitch face

because you are not

a damsel in distress

nor a princess to be saved,

you are blood and bones,

ink and hope;

breathing in spite

of the world.


Image: Simon Goinard

Kristiana Reed day dreams, people watches in coffee shops, teaches English and writes. She is President of FVR Publishing, a curator on Blood into Ink, a collective member of The Whisper and the Roar & Sudden Denouement, and blogs at My Screaming Twenties. She is 24 and is enjoying the journey which is finding her voice.


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