By Autumn Tallant

 

Name it-

I was told to name it.

“Name what ails you, for as you name it, it loses the power

Of silence

Secrecy

And uncertainty.”

I’ve named it.

Guilt and rage-

I’ve named it-

Pain and angst-

I’ve named it-

Experience.

“You can only come to the morning through the shadows.”

In order to feel joy-

Love-

Joy-

And appreciate it in its fullest capacity.

You must-

Have everything stripped away from you-

Become a skeleton.

Become undone.

Unwound-

Undone.

Your dignity, resilience, strength, integrity-

Must crumble.

You must become ashes and dust.

For only ashes birth

Sequoias.

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