This poem/short story was inspired by a writing challenge I attempted last summer. The assignment was to create a story based on this image of a woman strolling on a beach. It struck an emotional chord for me…
“I’m leaving today,” she muttered soberly
to no one listening.
She did leave…she left him and
took nothing with her from that life –
Useless, this shell of a powerless man
watched her go.
In beauty, yet almost ghostly,
with an unknown purpose –
She moves with no destination
in sight or mind – a stroll, sans agenda.
Graceful is her fragile form, but scars
embedded are invisible and she bleeds –
Bittersweet, pain felt in solitary strides –
Bare feet tremble, yet still they carry her
atop foam kissed sand as the sun dips
behind a cliff, begs the tide to move in.
Her cadence, breath begins to
quicken, her chest tight with panic, yet
refuses to pause in fear – it’s time – NOW!
Now it’s HER time to run…from him –
She dare not turn her gaze,
not one more glance allowed
towards him – the one who’d lied
the one who had kept her heart and
soul locked away – used as a toy
oblivious to her existence.
Blinded by salty tears, she smiles –
Terrified of this beautiful journey
a destination still unknown
she remains steady, eyes hungry
for a new horizon.
Expressionless, he watched her fade –
Without a single look back she
begins the last stretch – leaving
the beach, the cliffs, everything…forever.
ABOUT MARY ~
Mary is a patient advocate for MS, chronic illness & disabilities. She is a freelance writer from Texas who enjoys exploring a variety of different styles & genres, however her deep passion for creative writing (poetry, essay, narrative interview & non-fiction) remains unwavering & purposeful. Mary's personal & professional background is an eclectic compilation consisting of the fine arts, civil rights advocacy, fundraising with 15 years in sales/marketing & event planning in the private club industry. Mary is a 1990 graduate from The University of North Texas with a B.S. in Hotel/Restaurant Management. In 2001, Mary was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Within a few years, health issues forced her to resign from the career she loved. As her marriage began to crumble, Mary was keenly aware of the emotional & mental crisis firmly taking hold. Eventually, she sought the help of a professional therapist which helped her learn the important coping skills needed to tame/calm mood disorders & to encourage healthy ways in which to purge the noisy chaos inside the brain. This loss of reality, normalcy, & PURPOSE needed to be reinvented, renewed & rewritten...NOW! The divorce & all related proceedings lasted an unfathomable six years, yet it was the therapy, communities & her writing which kept her most grounded. Each poem a cathartic purge, each word a therapeutic tool meant for healing & to inspire resilience. Blindsided by this newfound purpose & passion, Mary continues writing & exploring a plethora of multimedia outlets to this day. Her writing, networking & advocacy projects target the MS, chronic illness & disability communities. Her interactive presence can be seen throughout social media. Although MS is the primary community in which she advocates, Mary enjoys playing an active role in other patient communities (bloggers, writers, music, live chats, special events, & many more. One of the key messages Mary continues to emphasize is how chronic illness can affect everyone differently. MS is a prime example in that we are not a "one size fits all." This disease called MS is a conundrum in every which way. To this day, research continues, yet we still don't know the root cause for MS, yet current findings now show "risk factors" for the disease. MS can morph as it sees fit to do so. Unpredictably, silently, sometimes relentlessly this MS becomes an uninvited, unwanted "internal room-mate." Mary's overall background & her desire to discover herself & new creative outlets was a plus. A renewed student for life, Mary continues to explore the unknown - Once you switch off your "auto pilot" it's amazing what you can see & do. Place focus on learning, consume new information & participate in activities uncharted or foreign (The science of Neuroplasticity). All of this is most DEFINITELY a work in progress, but remember to focus most on the important things in life. Laugh out loud & live selflessly with compassion, purpose & unbridled passion.
Connect with Mary at:
🔸Twitter: @pettigrew66, @MSpals
Acknowledgments and Press ~ UPDATES TO COME
* Creator & Co-founder of MSpals: A Global Organization (2014 - present)
* Administrator & contributing author of content, posts, & interviews: MSpals blog:
~ The Summer of Sport: Forward Poetry 2012
~ Poetry Rivals Collection 2013
~ Something On Our Minds Vol.III
~ Something On Our Minds Vol IV.
Interviews: National Multiple Sclerosis Society's "Momentum Magazine"
~ 2013 = Art Therapy & MS
~ 2015 = Connecting Via Social Media
Other works also featured on a variety of blogs, websites, videos, as well as other multimedia platforms including:
iConquerMS/The Accelerated Cure Project
WEGO Health - Patient Leader
HealtheVoices - Patient Leader
MS Focus - Monthly contributor
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2 thoughts on “Karma ~”
Wow Mary, this was amazing. You put the vision in front of me. Loved this.
I just updated my blog & figured out HOW TO USE IT! Lol! Thank you for reading!