POETRY

These Things Fall Away

A Poem of Hope

Sydney Duke Richey
Literally Literary
Published in
2 min readAug 3, 2023

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I’ve been painted
with layer upon layer
upon layer
of strife and anger

deep, dark shades of
resentment and loathing
all sealed under a thick coat
of jealousy

overlapping sheets
of conflict cover my eyes
my ears, my mouth

keeping hope imprisoned
under a veneer so thick
so hard and so tough
it’s become an armor

my armor

but this morning as dawn breaks
I wake and feel
my armor begin to fracture
curling and cracking
like shards of glass

sitting still, I ponder
as these things fall away

picking up the colorful pieces
I hold each fragment
up to the light
and whisper

“You are beautiful.”

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Sydney Duke Richey
Literally Literary

Writing from the heart, I’m inspired by everyday experiences. My poems, haiku and non-fiction come from a slice of my life. *Top Writer in Poetry*