crowning glory

July 3, 2019

some days i wake up and wonder

what kinds of damage

i’ll acquire today

like overly ripe fruit

so easily bruised

other days i muster the courage

to tell myself

i am not damaged

so much as tempered

though i may have had

pieces of myself

taken from me

i am adorned by my scars

those patches of fire long extinguished

for they are proof that i’ve lived

a testament

to my power

to rebuild

on days like these

instead of hiding

under layers of artifice

i wear my scars like jewels

iridescent

defiant

treasure

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