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

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

  1. Beautiful poem, Cheryl. 🙂

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

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

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