for Lent this year i’ve decided to toughen up.
i’m giving up my delicacy to learn how to be strong,
like i was once sketched.
forty days of fuck yous and
deciding i shall only take your
shit in tea spoons.
farewell to my fool’s flask.
i used to drink down anything and everything--
pretending it was sweet. a bluff, but
for the next six weeks
i am to handle life in calculations and proportions
that i choose: a shot of mercy. a pint of grace.
toughening up is a lot like the first bloom in february:
seen but small. real but reluctant.
i am learning to push through the ice,
in order to grow.
with being tough on others,
i’m finally learning
how to be kind to me.
[Photo by Julie Bloom.]
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