There is a newfound strength within me, though still fragile.”-Journal excerpt dated 6/12/87
The pain was hot, piercingly fresh
I was young and little did I know
it was only an ounce of tender flesh
of what it would take for me to grow.
For a broken heart has been with me
For longer than I care to admit
I am someone who loves deeply
And I love with no regrets.
But looking back I realize
the pain all had meaning
to make me strong, to idealize
these lessons learned in living.
And now I cherish my simple life
I appreciate the smallest things
Watching the sun traveling the sky
while hearing the bluebirds sing.
©2018 Linda Lee Lyberg
Author’s Note: Amaya is hosting d’Verse Poetics tonight and has asked us to find inspiration using the pentimento concept, which in art is an alteration to a work as evidenced by traces of a previous work, showing that the artist has changed his/her mind.
In tonight’s prompt, write a poem in any form about a time (specifically or abstractly) you changed your mind. Keep in mind that pentimento in Italian means ‘repentance’, so a change for the greater good is what we’re going for, not one resulting in regret or even greater remorse. One method of doing so may be to go back and read something you wrote years ago and see if it is something you would be ready to publish today.