Both Sides — A Poem

by: Tammy L. Breitweiser

Jul 7 · 2 min read

Both sides

are contained

The shadow and the fit for public consumption

The shadow is a bit too bitter for most

People think they want to see the real you but that is a farce

They pretend

The real is uncomfortable for people

They do not want to face what they do not understand

Nor do they want to

They are caught up in their own bubble and cannot escape

She looks out from the cottage window to the water

It is calm today and the first ice is forming

Soon we can walk across to the land

So will the animals

The trees protect the house from eyes and intruders

It is better in a fight to know both sides

Better to know my whole self rather than hide

We are not at the beginning anymore

We are in the middle

We are a force of nature

Are you ready?

We are tired of hiding.

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Tammy Breitweiser is a writer and teacher who is a force of nature and woman of honor; seer of nuance; accidental inspirationalist; keeper of the little red doors, and conjurer of everyday magic who is busy writing short stories. A future Minnesotan temporarily hiding in Indiana, her poetry has been published in The Storyteller Magazine and her flash fiction in The Ninja Writers Monthly and Elephants Never. Her essay is published in the I Wrote it Anyway anthology. You can also connect with Tammy through Twitter @TLBREIT.

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Tammy is force of nature; woman of honor; seer of nuance; ultra runner and ultra reader; & an accidental inspirationalist who writes.

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