Shutting Down Monsters

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Out stretched hands like God,
Giving grace in that dark place
Where we hid
From monsters we called
Our mothers and fathers;
Family
Should have been our refuge.

I refuse
To let those monsters breed.
It’s why I beat down these
Demons inside of me.
For them I have no love,
But I know love.

So I give it freely.
To those who know the dark places;
Those worn out eyes.
Those expressionless faces

Y’all I know love like fireflies
And burning stars.
Cutting through dark
Guiding me from restless tempest
To rest.

And I want so much to give it all
To all of you
Who have no more strength.
Too tired to carry on
Through the relentless grief.
Believe me,
I’ve been there;
I know this grieving.

The sucker punch to the gut
Taking all your breath.
Leaving you breathless.
Repeating
The second to the last letter of the alphabet.

But
When, what, who, and why,
Will never answer.
Never satisfy.

Love,
You have to stand up.
Breathe!
Strike back.
Ignite the flame inside of you.
Love your neighbor,
And love your beautiful self!

Those monsters,
They’re behind you.
They might be beating at the back door,
But you don’t have to open it.
Don’t have to let them in.

Don’t have to answer
With anything other than a barrage of:
“Fuck you, I made it.”
Or
“I’m making it.”
Or
“Not today.”

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About Z.

Poetic pipe and cigar enthusiast rifling through the haunted memories of a not so distant past while openly wrestling with faith and God. A rambling writer with the misguided notion that he has something to say. His only redeeming qualities are his wife and children.
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One Response to Shutting Down Monsters

  1. Z, this one is really great! I don’t know how I missed it I’m sorry. It is hopeful and real. Hoping you continue that story from the other week very soon! Hope you are enjoying your weekend! 😊

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