My True Belonging

My True Belonging


not today I said

not now

I don’t think I can handle it

too raw

too sharp

and in truth

I am afraid.

I’ll pretend you aren’t here

ignore you

carefully run away to someplace else

how long I’ve been running…

I’ve returned you to sweetness before

so break me open

it’s the only way.

No more stories for now

no more hope or shame

just the courage to stand firm


in this

my true belonging

where not-knowing is the balm

and the fire.


I say yes now

and truly

all is well.

Charlie Chamberlayne

By Charlie Chamberlayne

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