What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, but how much stronger do I have to be?

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,

but how much stronger do I have to be?

Can someone tell me the truth

about this mystical reality


claim that calls for help will be answered,

that we should place trust in humanity?

Yet the stories we hear over time and space

are those of dissent, violence and cruelty.


What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,

but how much stronger do I have to be?

To say the light of life must be found from within

but not in its entirety


is to say power exists where we cannot see,

like prisoners of our own being,

in the worldly realm of reality,

liberation is a dream of solidarity so freeing.


but this strength is not to be lusted for,

sought after like rain in a drought.

It does not come with riches,

or black and white paper bridges


between people torn apart by

open wounds of the painful past.

It is present in the vulnerability

we try so hard to outcast.


What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,

and I don’t know how much stronger we need to be,

but if ever you struggle with waking up in the morning,

trust that the power is in you and me.

12 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

mirror mirror on the wall you are all the same who is the fairest of them all? a game of name and shame ebb and flow // ebb and flow i stand in a sea of bodies as above, so below? i choose not to live

the devil is a woman and she is wicked, they say you will look in her eyes and on your heart she will prey the devil is a woman and she is bewitching, they say you will let her inside and she will lea

Race and class identity create differences in quality of life, social status, and lifestyle that take precedence over the common experience women share. bell hooks, Feminist Theory: From Margin to Cen