Fighting for my voice

sometimes my words
lodge just south of my
sternum in a circling
churn trying
to break
free of my belly

an indigestion
of language

a great tumble and flail
of thoughts too long held
in velvet womb safety

a pushing straining
cluster of brave swinging
syllable sabers, lobbing
consonants and vowels
over fear-built walls of
disbelief and self-doubt

landing on the other side
pausing just long enough
to gather
to rise
to write themselves
on the face
of the world

Tracie Nichols writes poetry and facilitates group writing experiences from under the wide reach of two old Sycamore trees in southeastern Pennsylvania. She is the co-founder of the Embodied Writers writing group and a Transformative Language Artist helping women write themselves home. You can find Tracie on her website.

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