Breaking Beautiful

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Show me what
it looks like,
the beautiful part
of the breaking.
Describe it
to me in a way
that lets me feel
it down deep
where madness
decays in my bones.
I need to know
there’s beauty
somewhere in all
of these pieces
so I can believe
in something again
and know this
isn’t all for nothing.

© Stephanie Bennett-Henry 2016

It’s the held breath
burning against
walls of lungs
sighing into ecstasy.
It’s the terrified scream
burning the backs
of throats ripping
pain into pleasure.
It’s the storms
and stillness
we are made up of.
When the chaos
comes calling
the calm answers
her call,
and without one,
we have no other.

© Nicole Lyons 2016