Karma ~

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.


Karma image


Author: Mary

ABOUT MARY ~ Mary is a "late-blooming" 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 & most purposeful. Mary's personal & professional background is filled with an eclectic combination of business & art (e.g., music, performing arts, 15 years sales/marketing & special events 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, life as she knew it would be dramatically & forever altered by the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) at age 35. Several years passed, searching for answers to unknown questions. This loss of reality, normalcy, & PURPOSE needed to be reinvented - renewed - rewritten. This disease is not a "one size firs all." MS affects everyone differently & can morph unpredictably, silently, relentlessly... day to day. It's not easy to figure out how to deal with disease & this vile invasion of an uninvited, unwanted "internal room-mate." Eventually, Mary also sought the help of a professional therapist which helped her learn important coping skills needed to tame/calm mood disorders & to encourage healthy ways in which to purge the noisy chaos inside the brain. And so the writing began... as did a newfound passion & purpose. This journey of reinvention became plausible via Mary's background & her desire to discover new creative outlets. As a student for life, Mary continues to explore & study the health benefits from turning off our "auto pilot switch" & instead focus on learning - consume new information & participate in new activities (Neuroplasticity). The gift of "resilience" is a glorious, powerful tool which stems from the endurance of life & it's many challenges. Resilience forces us to rise up & learn face issues (new & old) head on. Focus on the important things in life. Laugh & live selflessly with compassion, purose & passion. Connect with Mary at: 🔸Twitter: @pettigrew66, @MSpals 🔸Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MaryPettigrew48 🔸LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/maryppettigrew 🔸Instagram: 🔸http://www.mspals.org Acknowledgments and Press ~ * Creator & Co-founder of MSpals: A Global Organization (2014 - present) * Administrator & contributing author of content, posts, & interviews: MSpals blog: https:/:www.mspals.wordpress.com ~ 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: www.pajamadaze.com www.disabled-world.com www.HealthCentral.com www.MyCounterpane.com www.MS&MeRadio/TBI Network iConquerMS/The Accelerated Cure Project WEGO Health HealtheVoices MS Focus - Monthly contributor

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