“Unbreakable” by Anna Elin Kristiansen.

A thousand shattered pieces
on a sticky lino floor
sour, red liquid seeping into the worn rug’s edges
No.
That’s not me.

A balled-up fist 
on a bruised cheekbone
blood trickling out between broken teeth
No.
That’s not me.

A child waiting, alone
in a dark closet
rocking back and forth, to quell his fear
No.
That’s not me.

I
breathe
claw
crawl
walk
run
jump
soar
– yes, that’s me,
and as long as there is life in me, kindness in others, and goodness in this world,
I shall not be 
broken. 

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  4 comments for ““Unbreakable” by Anna Elin Kristiansen.

  1. mariamichaela
    June 1, 2021 at 7:23 am

    The ending makes me happy but the overall tone is just so sad.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. June 2, 2021 at 7:35 am

    I’m glad you found the ending hopeful though 😊 I wrote it as a tribute to the human spirit. Unbreakable.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. June 3, 2021 at 2:24 am

    Such a powerful piece. Well done.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. June 15, 2021 at 4:31 pm

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write that. It means a lot!

    Liked by 1 person

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