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Jeannette’s Fight Like a Girl Story (Lupus, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Psoriatic Arthritis)

So Beautifully Broken

Oh life,
You have carved upon me,
With pain as your brush,
A canvas without mercy,
The scars so ugly,
At first.

Time,
Didn’t ease pain,
Instead growing,
Building tolerance,
Bringing strength,
From depths I never knew,
Resided in me.

Scars,
No longer random,
So densely meaningful,
Patterns and symbols,
Creating a story,
Words cannot translate,
But a single tear,
Cradles a thousand thoughts,
A mouth could never conjure.

What I once hated,
And cursed,
I now give thanks,
You have made me,
You have broken me,
So intricately,
Incredibly scarred,
You have broken me so beautifully.

Jeannette
Texas
Submitted 09/25/2017

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