Singed Smile

wind whispers to leaves
trees speak blowing change
sun dips below horizon’s blanket
unease spills across the land
she steps outside to breathe
this new ion-charged air
accepting the danger
her heart and soul bared
along the country road she strode
following she knows not what
but into the storm she goes

fearless

rains begin to drip, pour, pound
her golden mane flattened down
streaming tears of yesterday
over heaving bosom of empathy
cotton clings to peach skin
her gaze remains on far flung
neither here nor there, but everywhere
unfazed as hail pelts her well
rolling shoulders back, chest opens
palms face out, steady gait
plodding ground rhythmically 
purposefully, undaunted 
tilting chin to sky, closes eyes
lightning strikes by her side
unflinching she sinks her feet
into mud, determined 
deep breath she breathes

unafraid

wide open target, she deflects pain
defiantly stares down fears
challenges world to do its worst
it might or might not
kill her in the end

but her spirit…invincible
unstoppable, storm-proof
a lightning rod built to take
straight shots to the heart

only to stand again

singed…

with a smile

 

~ Emily Clapper 

7.15.16

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