I Pulled Myself From the Darkness
the sand swallowed me whole one day,
and for a while i was sinking.
i fought the earth,
pulling my body up
with all of my strength,
though i sank deeper still.
my body became a seed one day,
and my mind became water.
i was both the healer and the survivor.
and i grew.
it took days, weeks, months,
but slowly i grew.
light pierced the ground one day,
and i could finally see beyond the darkness
that had become my home.
i could finally see how much i had grown.
i emerged from the rigid sand and
sun rays pressed kisses on my cheeks.
and i smiled.
(i defeated you.)
Shelby Leigh 2020
This poem comes from page 72 of changing with the tides.
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