thick skin

spent so long learning to be tough
thickening her skin
ignoring the pain

now she's praying for a breeze
to lift away the years of chaff
and let her feel again



everytime i see someone else say "I do"
I want to run out and start my forever all over again
with you

rain clouds

no longer frighten her
like they did when she was young

rolling thunder and cracking clouds
rarely shake her small frame now

rushing wind and rising waters
still swiftly circle around her

hidden in the cleft of the rock
she watches, from safety

dusty cracks

blinding afternoon sun
warm dirt aroma
ringing of children's laughter
filling her soul's dusty cracks
bringing forth a smile, too long forsaken