She is bruised
She is not broken
She coils
around her heart
like the warm earth
embraces the seed
protecting it
from the frozen world above
gathering her strength
until the spring
when she shall rise
and the world shall bear witness
to her beauty
in bright vermillion


*authors note: Another tribute to all the brave female hearts I am privileged to know.

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36 Responses to Defiance…

  1. SUMMERshines says:

    Brilliant writing Eric 😊 This is very positive

  2. Meg Sorick says:

    Love it! Your warrior princesses are privileged to have you! ❀️

  3. Purpleanais says:

    Gorgeous and so inspiring, Eric – thank you ❀

  4. Em says:

    Ah, the spring of hope. Beautiful imagery. Beautiful sentiment. Thank you. ❀

  5. Eric says:

    Thank you, Beautiful! It was good. I hope yours was too.

  6. Kristi says:

    a beautiful tribute it is too. πŸ™‚

  7. Lovely. Let’s hear it for strong women and talented poets. This is Penciltastic

  8. You write like a bloody natural I absolutely love this.

  9. Such a beautiful and empowering poem. πŸ™‚

  10. I am printing this one out. Thank you for sharing this, my friend. ❀️ Thank you. #mast

  11. Purpleanais says:

    Eric, I just read this again and it speaks to me in ways you can’t imagine. Will you let me reblog it?

  12. Purpleanais says:

    Reblogged this on arwenaragornstar and commented:
    I read this a while ago and it *really* spoke to me. Eric is a fantastic writer with a love forβ€”and understanding ofβ€”women that’s inspiring af. I keep saying I want him to be cloned because he’s too damn far away and I need a British version of him real bad – I’m only half joking. This man is wonderful: both as a writer and a human being πŸ’œ

  13. Lola says:

    This is exquisite Eric! Happy New Year! – Lola 🌺

  14. Reblogged this on Lemon Shark Reef and commented:
    I love this poem. It speaks to me. Penned by a wonderful poet and posted on the Winter Solstice, I still think of it well into the New Year. I wanted to share it with you all on this day of light and hope: February 1st. A day that marks the halfway point between the first day of winter and the first day of spring.
    Please check out this gorgeous piece by Eric.

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