Friday, December 14, 2018

I Won't Choose Empty

I can’t swim in another’s baptism
or walk the path of a constrictive
definition of un(conditional) love.
Love can’t be commanded to leave,
or be erased when it consumes the soul.

...I won’t choose empty...

There is no light in a sacrifice that
denies the heart’s own revelation.
I no longer wish to live in a prison
built to keep me from my truth,
or whither to appease another’s blindness.

©Susie Clevenger 2018

Real Toads ~ Revelation


  1. No end to the depth in this poem ...

  2. Strong and wonderful, Susie. No more prisons or withering.

  3. This is beautifully written, Susie.

  4. We had a prompt a while back that demanded a strong ending sentence. This one surely takes the cake!

  5. Wow. No more withering! Bravo. So many things to talk about in this arena, right? Family ties... relationships... sometimes the healthiest thing is to stand tall and walk away if to stay means to continue to wither. xoxxo Susie.

  6. No, never wither... after all it happens that blind people see

  7. Yes, yes, yes. This is strong and powerful. Love the assertive tone and expression of individuality.

  8. Yes I agree...walk away regardless of the pain that decision may cause.
    To live a lie is to be dead already.