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The Honest Truth

Poet Kristen Braatz Eiden shared this with us in honor of the passing of her beloved friend, and fellow poet Mary Jane Gonzales. Thank you, Kristen for sharing your beautiful and poignant poem. When I read your heartfelt poetry, it will always remind me of Jane ❤

Diary of a Clay Pot

The honest truth…
There are many things I would love to share
But wonder if you would even care

The honest truth…
We all have crosses to bare
So many burdens of past failures made aware

The honest truth…
Some things you would not want to hear
So many things that need to be made clear

The honest truth…
The pain is for real
But to many its seems unreal

The honest truth…
We all stumble and fall
We all need someone to catch our fall

The honest truth…
When we begin to realize there is no perfect here on earth
We begin to see life at its true worth

The honest truth…
Some of my worst days have become my best
There is truly hope in the unrest

The honest truth…
I would not be where I am today
Without every pain and heartache of yesterday

The honest truth…

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In The Darkness: poem

~In The Darkness~

Laying in the darkness
Laying all alone
When most people are fast asleep
I lie here awake in the burn

Awake not because I want to be
Awake because that’s all I know how to be
My body is crying please let me rest
But my body is also making it impossible to rest

Every nerve in my body
Flaring at the same time
A twitch here
A spark there
Needles everywhere

When pain is a factor
When there is no way to be pain free
There are so many things
We must learn how to be

Learn how to laugh
Learn how to smile
Learn how to be touched
Learn how to be the person we used to be

But in the darkness
And in the pain
There is a way to feel peace again

For me it was such an easy thing
For I am truly not in this alone
I have HIM right within me
Making this journey a little easier

All I have to do is TRUST and BELIEVE
And so can YOU!

-guest writer, Kristen Braatz

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Kristen Braatz is a writer of poetry, loving mother, RSD/ Complex Regional Pain Syndrome survivor, and lives with other chronic illnesses. She is involved in her church and in the online chronic pain support community. Two of her favorite passages are Isaiah 45:9-10Isaiah 40:28-31. I am so grateful she is a contributor to A Body of Hope!

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