Writing Heals: My Poem for Poem In Your Pocket Day

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When I don’t write
words get stuck in my throat,
tightening my muscles.
They curl up in my lungs
Making it hard to breathe
a slow, painful strangulation
sucking the life out of me.
Silence does that.

I had so many years of terrified silence
So many years of threats
to my life
Saw so many people in pain
and fear
the way I was
with no way to know
that they weren’t alone.

So now when my words
uncoil on the page,
become books that reach others
and I hear back how grateful they are
My throat loosens
My breath eases
My heart feels full,
And healing happens.


© Cheryl Rainfield, April 2014


4 Responses to “Writing Heals: My Poem for Poem In Your Pocket Day”

  1. Ezzy G. Languzzi Says:

    Beautiful poem, Cheryl. 🙂

  2. Cheryl Rainfield Says:

    Aw, thank you Ezzy; I appreciate it! (smiling at you) I wrote it on the spur of the moment for Poem In Your Pocket Day.

  3. C. Lee McKenzie Says:

    Healing does happen. And I’m sure your words help those who need to heal.

  4. Cheryl Rainfield Says:

    Thank you, C. Lee. (smiling at you) I think writing is healing for so many of us. And books, too.

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