Changing History: A Poem On The Power Of Writing by Cheryl Rainfield

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Changing History . . .

I change history
every day
when I write.
I draw up all the old wounds
the pain that’s black with rot inside me
so old and deep only my pen can touch it
and I shape it into words, into story
that saves the girl
protects the child
loves them all
like they never were.
The words flow like tears.
And with that saving,
the wounds heal, just a little
rot clearing to show fresh blood,
then skin closing over,
and I breathe
and laugh
as history shifts.

Stories are powerful things.
I know it well.

Cheryl Rainfield, all rights reserved
March 11, 2008

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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6 Responses to Changing History: A Poem On The Power Of Writing by Cheryl Rainfield

  1. jama says:

    Another lovely poem, Cheryl. Thanks!

  2. Erin says:

    That is really, really great. Wonderful job!

  3. Cheryl says:

    Thanks, Jama, Joe, and Erin for your kind words. They felt good to read. 🙂

  4. Laura Salas says:

    Cheryl, this is gorgeous. I think writing is such a healing act, both for reader and writer. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Cheryl says:

    Thank you so much for your kind comment, Laura. 🙂 I also see writing as a healing act, both ways (since when I read books they offer me so much) so it was lovely to hear that–and that you like my poem.

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