In All That I Am – Nicole Lyons

 

In All That I Am

If I could draw a blade across my wrist

to show you that my veins clog

with the sludge of ugliness, you would

never again ask me,

“Why are you so tired?”

If I could crack open my skull

to free my mind, you would

see that it is not splintered

by madness but rather patched

together with clarity, you would

never again ask me

to swallow poison.

If I could rip this body open

to show you the raw red wounds

that have been lashed onto my soul

by every inhumane atrocity

this world has endured, you would

never again ask me,

“Why are you so sad?”

Instead, your accusing eyes demand

simple words to simpler questions that

the simplest minds can process.

And in all that I am,

simple I am not.

© Nicole Lyons 2016

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For more of my poetry and prose you can check out The Poets section of the site or follow me at Nicole Lyons.

19 thoughts on “In All That I Am – Nicole Lyons

    1. Thank you, Love. I’m so happy that this resonates with you. Sometimes it’s hard to find our voice, but once we do, it’s hard to silence.

      Welcome to The Lithium Chronicles. I am so happy to have you here.

      XOXO

      Nicole

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      1. I…am overcome. I am an abuse survivor, and it takes so much to make me feel tears that when I do, I cling like a barnacle to a ship to that awesomeness. I promise you I am not a stalker, just a soul awed by what you express. Thank you for your welcome!

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