Turnaround

There’s always space in her heart
to house the mighty ocean,
though its raging could
………………………………..one day
overtake her.

She tackles the summer turbulence,
taming its tempest into tolerant
forgiveness, terror evolving
………………………………..one day
into communion as equals.

She balances a lighting bolt
on the tip of her tongue,
adeptly bidding it illumine
………………………………..one day
without destruction.

She never lacks the cold gray steel needed
to withstand demeaning assault,
yet resolutely melts deadening blow
………………………………..one day
into life-sustaining glow.

The stab of loved ones lost,
hurled into premature departure
from a life of hope and promise
………………………………..one day
assured for everyone’s children.

There can be no darkness light-less enough
no tentacles so suffocating
no struggle brutal to the point it
holds her under
wears her down
wipes her out
drives her away
colors her anything other than
………………………………..one day
a full participant in every freedom.

Forever.

© Julia Penner-Zook, 2017
Photo Credit: Clem Onojeghuo via http://www.unsplash.com

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