Blood and Anxiety- I’m Fine

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I am strong, can’t you see?

It hides the ache within my chest.

There is nothing wrong me, my smile lies solid in this bed of flesh.

Just looks and know my happiness.

I have found my strength in this armor of joy, you can trust me, I’m fine.

I say while painful hands of night tear apart my deepest parts.

Lies can be so helpful, so true.

See look, I’m going to be okay.

-M.E. InkOwl


This September The InkOwl is teaming up with a guest poet The Wasp to bring you a mix of Blood and Anxiety. These poems were inspired by life events, personal experiences, and a desire to share differing perspectives on relationships. If you’re interested in participating in future corroborations with The InkOwl please feel free to message this blog from the contact page.

Blood and Anxiety- Out of Reach

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Take my hand once more in yours,

And tell me one of your simpering lies.

Wish my skies fill with clouds so dark,

That, running, I may come back in fear.

Show me love that runs dry,

As a summer’s gutter bend.

Tell me you care,

But only until your bidding’s end.

I have shut my ears to your unending fabrications.

My heart thrums as I dance in the pouring rain.

Deep does my soul run through fathomless depths forever out of your reach.

I tuck my heart into its surest box and I now alone hold the key.

Make no mistake, I own who I am now,

And I will never again be in your reach.

-M.E. InkOwl


This September The InkOwl is teaming up with a guest poet The Wasp to bring you a mix of Blood and Anxiety. These poems were inspired by life events, personal experiences, and a desire to share differing perspectives on relationships. If you’re interested in participating in future corroborations with The InkOwl please feel free to message this blog from the contact page.

 

 

Never Alone

 

I am unsteady, like a baby’s first step.
Let me unfold this unmarked map.
One side is filled with the dead ends of where I’ve been.
But only blank white lies ahead.
I’m terrified.

You are not alone.
All around you others are just as terrified.
They walk upon the earth with the weight of their fear pressing them down.
There is no shame in feeling this.
Be emotional.
Be honest with yourself.
Understand.

-M.E. InkOwl

Self-love: Love, A Process

“I now see how owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.”
― Brené Brown


Brené Brown holds a masters of social work and is a research professor for the University of Huston. For more than fifteen years she has been studying topics such as courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. You can learn more about Brené Brown by visiting her website here. Here are links to more of her published works on Amazon.com:

Self-Love: Wolves Inside My Head

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You’ll never finish this, you do realize this?

Why are you even trying?

There’s no way you’ll ever change yourself.

You’re worthless,

Stop.

You’re broken.

I am not.

You’re a disgusting mess, an embarrassment.

I am loved.

Why do you still exist?

I am cared for.

I have worth beyond the darkness inside of me.

Who are you to tell me who I am?

I am strong.

I am loving.

I am kind.

I am whole.

I am more than you’ll ever know or be.

-M.E. InkOwl

Self-love: Authenticity

“Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.”
― Brené Brown


Brené Brown holds a masters of social work and is a research professor for the University of Huston. For more than fifteen years she has been studying topics such as courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. You can learn more about Brené Brown by visiting her website here. Here are links to more of her published works on Amazon.com:

Self-love: A Reminder

“Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we’re all in this together.”
― Brené Brown


Brené Brown holds a masters of social work and is a research professor for the University of Huston. For more than fifteen years she has been studying topics such as courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. You can learn more about Brené Brown by visiting her website here. Here are links to more of her published works on Amazon.com:

Self-Love: I’m Sorry

I’m sorry it’s the end of the day,

And you’re asleep worlds away.

I forgot to tell you how much I love you,

I never held you close and still.

There were angry words exchanged,

as I was worn down by the stresses of today.

It’s all my fault you ran away in tears,

and I was left feeling empty with a pile of dishes to clean.

And now I stand by your bedside in the half-light,

Wishing I could hear you laugh.

But now I’m standing in the stillness,

with darkness pressing in on all sides.

“I promise, I do love you,” I whisper in your ear.

Because it’s true,

Nothing makes me more fulfilled.

To hear your feet scampering down the stairs,

or your jokes and smiles throughout the day.

I brush my tear from off your cheek,

as I kiss behind your ear.

You are my world,

And tomorrow I pray I won’t forget that.

-M.E. InkOwl

Self-love: Own Your Story

“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”
― Brené Brown


Brene Brown holds a masters of social work and is a research professor for the University of Huston. For more than fifteen years she has been studying topics such as courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. You can learn more about Brene Brown by visiting her website here. Here are links to more of her published works on Amazon.com:

Self-love: Culitvate

“Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them – we can only love others as much as we love ourselves.”

-Brené Brown


Brené Brown holds a masters of social work and is a research professor for the University of Huston. For more than fifteen years she has been studying topics such as courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. You can learn more about Brené Brown by visiting her website here. Here are links to more of her published works on Amazon.com: