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writ in scars

April 18, 2024

Amelia Freidline

for LB, LI, and LS

we are not the girls we were
now with sorrow-hollowed faces
and sufferings’ silver threads
mingling with the gold

yet we would not be the women we are
with laughter-deepened eyes
and arms made strong
by love’s labours lived

were it not for the wild wonder
writ in scars upon our hearts:
we are carried through every grief
that haunts the dark

The featured image, “the new season’s fashions,” is courtesy of Amelia Freidline and is used with her kind permission for Cultivating.


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  1. Janna Barber says:

    This is beautiful, Amelia! So encouraging <3

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