What Remains

You pulled away the masks, and I showed my true self.  It’s an image you adore.  You like the sass and the fight inside me.  You cheer whenever it’s brought to the surface.

Eventually, I threw away the masks.

But what remains?

You chipped away at the shields I had carried.  I thought they would keep me safe.  You told me I didn’t need them, and the shields were cast aside.

The walls were brought down too.  Brick by brick they fell away.

The dark corner that I had always retreated to for safety was now bathed in a glorious light.

What Remains?

What remains is a strong, confidant woman.  I no longer hide in the shadows.  I can now appreciate the fight and the sass in me.  I use it with abandon!  I stand proudly in the light and take what is rightfully mine.

I like who I am.

I am free.

I am enough.

Copyright © 2018 Penny Wilson

About Penny Wilson Writes

Penny Wilson is a freelance writer who writes in several genres. She has written articles for WOW Women on Writing. Her poetry has been published in online journals, such as Ariel Chart, Spill Words Press and the Poppy Road Review. Penny is a member of the Austin Poetry Society. Her poetry has been featured in the publication America's Emerging Poets 2018 & 2019 by Z Publishing, Poets Quarterly and Dual Coast Magazine published by Prolific Press. You can find more of her writings on her blog at https://pennywilsonwrites.com/ and follow her on Twitter @pennywilson123.
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12 Responses to What Remains

  1. I really like this, Penny. A fabulous ending.

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  2. I am free.

    Yes, Penny, you are free. And you are a strong and sassy woman with incredible writing talent. You go, girl.

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  3. I am enough. PERFECT. 🤗🤗🤗🤗

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  4. Those last three lines are so powerful!

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  5. The Militant Negro says:

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.

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