Strength - Poem by Mandi June
The things I have to say to you, I should not, in this state
But words are only words, and so, I know this cannot wait
You'll never really understand just what I've overcome
To conquer, scorn, and disconnect from everything you've done.
This makes me not a hero, and you are lesser still
To try and force upon someone the way that they should feel
But, if it makes you, in your mind the way you want to be
My only retribution is that you have failed with me.
For too long did I let you win, and fill my life with doubt
I couldn't focus on the thoughts that life should be about
The fear, the hate, the poisoned soul were all I had to show
Time went by, and still I wept, loathed life, refused to grow.
But, something happened over time; Alas, the ache was gone.
It isn't pain and other's faults that we should focus on
So, I took my understanding, though foolish and naive
And changed my way of thinking; for, no longer would I grieve
The energy created by the deeds committed then
Transformed into sorrow, woe, and pity for the sin
The only strength and hope for me to overcome this act
Was found within my dignity and, so, I made a pact
From that time on, there would not be another angry day
There's too much love inside myself you cannot take away
And, though you think you stole my life, and all I have to give
The way you've really shown me is the stronger way to live.
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