Introductions- Christine Ray

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I was inspired by Gina’s prompt to write my own piece introducing myself.

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

https://godoggocafe.com/2018/08/21/share-your-poem-with-me-on-the-gdg/

© 2018 Christine Elizabeth Ray – All Rights Reserved

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