Bending With The Wind

Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~Resilience
Define/clarify resilience by example

They threw punches
at her gut.
She hurt, she healed.
Demeaning words picked
away at open wounds.
Children challenged
her sanity; she came
through. Lacking
encouragement, she fought
through barriers. Innate
intelligence blossomed
from a stunted stem.
Mental black and blues
dissolved, their power
diminished. Promoting
well-being of others
warmed her heart. She is
a woman, proud. Her band
of rubber tightly stretched ,
did not break.

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About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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5 Responses to Bending With The Wind

  1. Mary says:

    True resilience expressed SO well.

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  2. Sherry Marr says:

    I love this. Women are strong and rubbery for sure. I love the stretching and not breaking. Great write!

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  3. Jae Rose says:

    ‘rubber’ rings are often more steadfast than shiny ones…maybe like the lines in tree trunks they bear witness to learning, experience and growing..

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  4. Susan says:

    WOW! I felt this poem deeply. Layers of muscle grow over the scars.

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  5. Sumana Roy says:

    “Innate
    intelligence blossomed
    from a stunted stem.”…love this..

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