I’m Not Dead

I’m not dead
I’m just buried
beneath the burden of a loss
I dug my grave
with wasted tears
and filled it in
with hardened moss

come spring I’ll take this shovel
and start to dig myself out
and allow the promised flowers
to bloom over my doubt

it looks like this winter
was much heavier than before
the ground is still frozen
not ready to explore

summer has me distracted
with purposeful intent
a mind filled with persuasion
leaves me with content

so I look to the fall
my favorite time of year
the crisp, bright feel of newness
overshadowed with restless fear

soon the winter song begins
and I set this shovel aside
I settle down and resent,
cower and collapse my pride

I’m not dead
I’m just buried

© Copyright 2016 Melissa Leigh Clarke. All Rights Reserved.

About Melissa Leigh

I believe that every life is full of endless moments that help you, hurt your, change you, inspire you, and allow you to mold yourself into the best version of yourself that you can possibly be. Stories exist in all of us and need to be shared in order to grow.
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