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The Art of My Sanctuary

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The walls around me feel tighteragainst my spirit like blue jeansthat no longer fit because I fed my feelings. Anxiety flushes my skin forcing meto attempt to shake it off with pacing.My erratic walk takes me to my librarywhere brightly colored art greets mefrom every wall in the room.I slowly turn letting my eyes feaston brush strokes, dancing images,fantasy figures sailing a paper moon sky. My mood shifts with electric shocksof inspiration as I absorb the energyof hope, talent, vision, each artist poured into their paintbrushes.The binding rope of dark emotionsI carried into the room slips away,and I feel the creative strengthof others lift me, encourage metoday is the only door I need to open.
©Susie Clevenger 2020

Poets and Storytellers United ~ Writer's Pantry #26


When All Else Fails

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Slivers of Rage

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You torch our ears with promises,gaslight flames to burn us in a cornerto camp beneath light we can never own.Streets are littered with dreams no one can fix and hearts that can’t unbreak,while pulpits and podiums prey on us with pyramid schemes.What about us … the slivers of rage living on the edge of shadows, torn hearts withoutneedle or desire to stich a country into a flag.We are different colors…different lovers…different souls…broken bones walking the knife blade of those who are moretender with their prejudices than the humans who suffer at their feet.
©Susie Clevenger 2020


Poets and Storytellers United ~ Weekly Scribblings #23



My Garden of Matches

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I hold back on the let go,chase words to the cornerof my cheek so they can’treach my tongue. It isn’t easy in the pressure cookerwhen pain reaches the boiling point.Tamp it down…Lock it up…The agony of other soulsdoesn’t need the added weight of my struggle.When withers in its question like yesterday’s cut roses.For now, I must water the matches, prune the flamesfrom patience until it is my time to be heard.©Susie Clevenger 2020
Poets and Storytellers United - Weekly Scribblings #22