Showing posts with label Abuse. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Abuse. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 5, 2023

Dead Bees


Photo © 2023 Jennifer Wagner

All your belittlements

have fallen at my feet


like dead bees.


They stung

and left me mumbling incoherently,

stumbling toward water.


But, I’m still standing.


And they are now

what they always were:



for my next

most magnificent




© 2023 Jennifer Wagner


Monday, June 20, 2016

A Survivor's Credo

(and nature’s echo)

In spite of adversity, I will be
lavishly happy.

I won’t
bear the shame not mine.

I will not
punish myself
for the ugliness of another.

And, I will see
the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.

sunshine on wildflowers,
creek beds rippling coolly—
a doe bends, sips
she sighs heavily, light
with the headiness
of goodness after rain

© 2016 Jennifer Wagner