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By Cheryl Harwood Bell
“So it was: Persistent nightmares triggered vividly disturbing thoughts,
Falling , Falling…deep into the dark abyss I was caught.
Unrelenting anguish…fear enveloped me like roaring thunder;
Inundated what was once was quiet, peaceful slumber.
Feeling utterly cast aside ~ losing heart, losing hope.
Frightening desperation ~ could not think, could not cope.
Where was the passion for living once felt?
Like ice, beneath the sun, it had begun to melt.
Glaring daylight spilled across the cold, tile floor;
But did not brighten the room anymore.
While shattered pieces of broken dreams, were scattered beneath flesh’s torn up seams.
Aching wretchedness spoke of blame, Condemnation screamed my name!
And, Then… Time…Time…Merciful,Precious Time.
Time has brought me to a different day ~~~
Time to refresh, time to reflect, to regroup, renew, and restore.
Time walks me through what was once a bolted, locked door.
And more time passes, the seasons change,
My spirit awakens, I am never the same!
Always by my side, the guardian angels,my friends and family
Helping to breathe love, the true breath of life, back into me.
Yes, the hours of my grief
Shall indeed become brief
With the singing banshee belting out the sweet & sour notes of the anthem of my survival,
Soothing my very being; this time ~ This day is my arrival!
Today is here, circling and swirling through the shadows of my light;
There is no more need for chase, no more need for fight
Deep healing continues as wellness takes hold;
I now know real laughter, pure joy – a true sight to behold!
We have only this minute to enjoy all that life holds in it ~
And this moment belongs to me! ~ ~ ~”
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