Stephanie Bennett-Henry and I crossed paths a few of years ago and we clicked immediately. She is the owner of the immensely popular super page, Raging Rhetoric; where she first began debuting her stunning poetry to the delight of her fans.
Stephanie is a southern girl through and through, sweet as candy, sharp as a blade, and talented beyond measure. Her poetry is raw, unfiltered, and unforgettable. You can find it on Facebook at Stephanie Bennett Henry.
I am thrilled to welcome Stephanie Bennett-Henry to The Lithium Chronicles.
The Ugly Truth
We have to sugarcoat our madness
with ribbons of sweet metaphors
to make the dosage of us less ugly.
But it’s not any prettier for me
and it’s not any fucking prettier for you.
It’s just easier to swallow when it’s
wrapped in a fluffy fantasy land
of clouds and birds and god dammit,
one of these days…
you’re gonna see me fly.
Until then, call me crazy.
I’ve earned that title from all the times
I’ve had to tone it down.
All the times I’ve had to fluff it up.
All the times I’ve smiled for someone else,
All the times I’ve had to hear
about happiness being a choice,
positive thoughts, let it go…
let it go… smile.
And I think to myself…
if it were that easy,
the mental health industry
wouldn’t be rolling in billions
of dollars, you stupid fuck.
Of course I wouldn’t say that
I know better.
This madness has grown wild in me.
I get tangled in my own chaos.
It’s the only home I know.