words of a fallen soldier

There is a complexity to fighting for the things that break you.

Knowing the reasons why you are

breaking and offering yourself

willingly –

not because you want to be

broken, or for some means of

self punishment but


because you believe enough in

yourself to know that you

will make it.


That maybe one

day the breaking will end and

you will have

never given up.

broken bones

How much

damage will I let you do to me?


I say damage like

broken like

hurt like

nights spent watching my 

fingers like

shards of a mirror you helped

make whole only to 

throw against the 

wall of a room it didn’t

belong in anymore.


How much

damage until I am

nothing or I am