#BeReal – KERRY KIJEWSKI

Please welcome Kerry Kijewski as she gets real about love.   Sometimes I think love, pain, shame, and embarrassment are so entwined, I can’t untangle them from one another. The strands of emotion and feeling are separable, if I really look at my past, in reflection, but in the moment I seem to make every…

MINE TERRORIST

I had a conversation with a terrorist. I was appalled by her beliefs. Angry at the intensity of her hate. I couldn’t understand why such a monster lived inside me. It’s hard to love yourself because you know all the things nobody else knows. You see all the parts nobody else sees. You feel things…

#BeReal – LISA LISTWA

Written by: Lisa Listwa Blogger at: The Meaning of Me   Not too long ago, a friend told me I was brave. I think the word she said was brave… she admired my chutzpah in posting my whole and actual weight in a group setting focused on lessening our overall gravitational pull. The compliment did…

#BeReal – MARK SCHUTTER

My #BeReal guest today is Mark Schutter I have known Mark for over a year and he writes beautiful poetry. He even sent me a first verse once and we took turns writing this poem CEMETARY VISIONS. Today he used his poetic skill to write about being real.  Thank you Mark for this submission.  THIS…

WALK OF SHAME

I love when poetry tells a story but even more when it makes you feel.  The great thing about this poem is how “Punk Rock Papa” Briton Underwood put himself in another gender’s shoes. WALK OF SHAME by Briton Underwood If these city streets could talk They’d speak about your late night walks And the…

#BeReal – KATIE CROSS

My #BeReal guest today is Katie Cross. I relate to so much of what Katie writes.  I love her honesty and her inner conversation isn’t foreign to me.  Thank you for your perspective Katie. The older you get, the more you understand how your conscience works. The biggest and only critic lives in your perception…

ANOTHER PRETTY FACE

Lost between worlds Drifting through time I sit and watch as Another pretty face Catches your eyes Another sweet voice Engages your time Another set of curves Capture your mind Infinite crossed lines I can’t define, won’t No amount of love Can cover the pain Of not measuring up Of falling too short No amount…

#BeReal – JOE MEDLER

My #BeReal guest today is Joe Medler. I am very happy to have another male perspective on this topic.  Joe is a new acquaintance and I hope you give him a very warm welcome to this series. When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.” ― Donald…

#BeReal – JENNIFER ORTOLANO

My #BeReal guest today is Jennifer Ortolano. Jennifer originally wrote for me about being Bulimic.  I knew this series needed her voice. I am so happy to include her perspective here. We all fight with insecurity.  We can learn and we can grow from them. We can be better today than we were yesterday. Thank you Jennifer! I am the…