secrets she had been keeping

mostly from herself

weighed her down

crushed her

like boulders hung from a yoke

across her shoulders

as if chains designed for a basilisk

shackled her ankles and wrists


she gathered her courage

found her will

found her strength

started to shed these heavy secrets

one by one

like iridescent dragon scales

they littered the ground around her

like a mosaic tile floor


she could not shed the heart ache

the deep shame



quite so easily

but it was so much easier to breathe


© 2017 Christine Elizabeth Ray – All rights Reserved



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