Every Other Freckle…

Every freckle, dimple, stretch mark and scar,

Creates the blueprint of who you are.

Knowing in this moment, that you are enough,

No matter how uncomfortable it feels, or tough.

Temples aren’t perfect, they crumble and fall,

You build them back up re erect, their walls.

Years on they deteriorate time and time again,

I’ll patch up the holes and dry off the rain.

Like a forest your canopy walls will grow high,

It’s foundations strong, its roots never die.

Radical acceptance is letting go,

Surrendering and breathing, because deep down you know.

Your body loves you, it’s your best friend,

when your wounds are open it helps you mend.

You stand there and hug your body tight,

you whisper ‘I love you’ let’s end the fight.

The battle is over, I set myself free,

Because no one can take me away from me,

I am exactly where I need to be.

The conflict commenced, I was under my reign.

I was a pawn in my own menacing game.

But I no longer wanted to continue this war,

so I picked myself up off the floor,

My wounds are healed I am no longer sore.

I will accept myself forever more.

I hold the key to unlocking the door,

To sailing my ship safely to shore.

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An Ode To My Body

In times of need in my darkest hour,
A unit, an energy, a source of power.
To realizing in this moment that I am enough,
Even when it seems impossible or tough.

Offering kindness and love to fill my gaping hole,
My ally, home, protector of my soul.
You love me when I don’t know how,
When I can’t face my fears, or focus on the now.

The path was winding it was dark and long,
I doubted my decisions, my map was wrong.
I couldn’t choose a direction, or trust which way to go,
I yearned for your guidance and knowledge to know.
You reached out your hand through the storm and rain,
made me feel safe and soothed my pain.

You are the sun through the clouds, a blanket of protection,
When I can’t give it to myself you give me affection.
You are a butterfly morning and a wildflower afternoon,
The twinkling North star, and a radiant full moon.

I know I am the commander of my own ship,
but when I’ve hit a rock you give me the tip,
To meandering the stormy seas and sailing to shore,
to leading myself to safety so I am broken no more.

A cocoon of safety where I can turn the key,
Your nurture allowed me to feel finally free.

They say it’s darkest before the dawn,
A hostile night sky before a clear blue morn.

When I’m at the bottom of the pit and there’s no way out,
you’re soothing whisper drowns those shouts.
You pass me the water that fizzles the fire,
Your detailed map leads me out of the quagmire.

Through the trenches & minefields, I’ll tell you what I’ve learned,
That out of the rabbit hole hope always returns.

I’ll steer my ship no matter how strong the storm,
Fear tried to freeze my heart but it will always be warm.
It tried to sink me to the bottom of the sea,

But no one can take me away from me.

Balance

A word so foreign, a principle I do not follow,

I’m either at the top, or in the ground so hollow.

A life of excess, or nothing at all,

flying high or hit rock bottom and fall.

Doing everything perfect until you run out of steam,

or can’t even get dressed, get washed or clean.

Life becomes unmanageable as the scales tip to one end,

the tapestry unravels, as you start to descend.

Down the rabbit hole, into this place so alone,

Yet a place so familiar, you almost feel at home.

 

 

 

 

 

Recovery

Recovering from an eating disorder is like entering a maze,
With twists and turns and so many ways.
You start by taking the path of low self esteem,
You feel stuck, you feel trapped and caught between-
Wanting to change but not knowing how,
So why even try I might as well give up now.

They tell you to be patient, that the journey is long,
That there’s obstacles and quagmires but you need to stay strong.
Yet they don’t know what it’s like to be on a tight rein,
To live as a pawn in his menacing game.
They start preaching this bullshit to live and let go,
If they knew what I was going through they wouldn’t say so.

As the path continues, the resistance overpowers,
And while they babble on about recovery for hours and hours –
You’re not paying attention to them, you’re listening to him,
‘Ignore what they are saying, don’t let them in’.
Why are they ‘pretending that its not about food-
The hypocrisy is maddening, its so unbelievably rude.’
‘Obviously they restrict and want to be thin,
don’t let them brainwash you don’t let them win.’

As the path leads to another, this next one you take,
Is of self -destruction and many mistakes.
You isolate others, you torture your soul,
Because he warned don’t succumb, so you do as your told.
But this part of the maze serves no purpose you need to get out,
You’re claustrophobic you’re frightened but you’re too paralysed to shout.
‘Why even try’ he whispers ‘you’ll obviously fail’
So you continue down this desolate and gloomy trail.

You come to another with brambles and thorns,
Cold and deceiving he continues to warn.
This time however you’ve had enough,
You need to be free of these deadly hand- cuffs
In that swift moment you take a chance,
You snap out of his spell, and away from his trance.
You follow the sign that leads to the light,
You have nothing to lose, its in your sight.
Their voices get louder as they praise your steps,
No looking back now no regrets.

This next path is the hardest, because now you’re aware,
Of his tricks and mind games and evil stare,
How he distorts your reflection and creates a smoke screen,
Alters your reality so its not as it seems.
But you still want to latch on with just a bit of your strength,
Fear wants him to remain just at arms length.
Without him who are you? Who is at your core?
Without him you don’t know, you’re not really sure.

But never the less, you continue to push on ahead,
And swap the path of self loathing to self- discovery instead.
Their words of wisdom begin to sink in and resonate-
You’re worthy, you’re loved, you’
re not full of hate.
You deserve to be happy, to spread your wings and fly,
Leave him behind now its time to say goodbye.

You can see the sun shining bright in the sky,
You want more than anything to be able to try.
So you look down at your body and hug it tight,
You tell it you’ll protect it, and treat it right.
You speak to your wellness warrior deep within,
You whisper we got this, we know we can win.
Enthusiastic, you set forth on the road to restoration,
An adventure of freedom and separation,
It’s all about the journey and not the destination.

Relapse

 

The wolf’s howl is ominous, there’s no way out,

You open your mouth unable to shout.

You search for the light but you stumble and fall,

You’ve hit a blockage, a cold stone wall.

Your screams are muffled, they can’t hear you now,

Desperate to escape but you don’t know how.

Entombed in a sarcophagus, no light, no air.

You feel his eyes on you, the wolf’s deadly stare.

He’s panting loudly, his hot heavy breath,

He’s waiting to take you to your death.

Weak and debilitated, scared and alone,

He tore up the map to lead you home.

With a menacing snarl he ravaged every last piece,

You hold your breath, waiting to be released.

 

The Adventure Of A Lifetime

We packed our bags, ready to go,
What this trip would hold for us we didn’t yet know.
Three friends, three allies with adventure our aim,
A triangle, so strong it would always remain.

Her dazzling eyes as deep as the ocean,
Bursting with love, compassion, friendship, emotion.
She had a strength deep inside of which she wasn’t aware,
A striking goddess, that made others stare.
A radiant crescent moon, she couldn’t see her own light,
illuminating the sky in the depths of night.
Her own heartbreak had knocked her down for sure,
As she scooped broken pieces off her bedroom floor.
This trip was a chance to put those pieces together,
To regain her freedom and fly like her feather.

The sweetest nature, and such a pure heart,
I couldn’t fathom ever being apart.
Always rooting for each other and watching us grow,
I felt more worthy and loved than I could ever know.
Her gentle aura made me feel safe and accepted,
Forever a part of me, forever connected.
Always making me laugh and totally in awe-
Of her inner beauty, calm nature and happiness so pure.
We were always close, but now our bond cemented.
Like a fresh watered flower, I was resurrected.

Azure blue waters and the softest white sand,
Gazing into the sunset hand in hand.
As the sky exploded from bright orange to pinks,
With our san migel lights and pineapple drinks.
Rasta music played and we smiled to each other,
We all felt the same in that moment together.

A trip so special, like none other before,
Our past scars now healed, our wounds were less sore.
I yearned to capture this for eternity,
Our own special moment, Chazzle Schneids and me.
The kindest hearts with the softest souls,
A blessing, they truly made me feel whole.

They breathed life into me- I felt inspired and free,
On our hilarious adventures on scooter and sea.
My inspirations, my rocks, they helped me steer my own ship.
Sailing alongside me, with the wheel at my grip.
My mind became quiet, my spirit at ease,
My wellness bird soaring in that tropical breeze.

Crescent Moon

As the wolf’s glistening eyes stare menacingly at the sky,

I’ve got nowhere to hide now, it’ my time to die.

No sign of the north star, no shining glimpse of light,

He’s got me in his radar, he’s got me in his sight.

Happiness and hope are distant memoirs it seems,

Smiles are something from my past, conjured up in dreams.

As the majestic moon wains, so does my heart,

Only the dark remains, that the wolf has torn apart.

My gaping wound exposed, I lay for dead on the floor,

Throbbing and unconscious, my soul and heart are sore.

A fledgling bird my wings are chipped, i’m flapping on the ground,

But when I try to squeal or cry I cannot make a sound.

No one to call or turn to to clean my battle scars,

Just like the lonely crescent moon, without its twinkling stars.