I see the

Fire burning so brightly around me

That fire has carried me through so much

That fire sometimes hides what I don’t want others to see about me.

Being weak or vulnerable sometimes has people jump on you like vultures looking for their next meal.

Making you wonder if you can survive such an attack when your emotions are so raw.

And so you hide behind that flame, and sometimes you are not afraid to get burned if it means standing up for yourself.

But most of the time, you are that flame silently burning until it all comes crashing down on you.

But you haven’t let that happen yet because, you know, stepping out and letting others see what your flame is all about.

It isn’t just good for you but for those that have risked too close to you all this time.

For your worth, it and the endless possibilities are burning on just like the flame inside you.

The flame that will never fade no matter how your life goes up and down.

Written By: Deirdre Stokes Copyrighted ©️ 2023 By Deirdre Stokes


They try to

Hold you down with their negativity as if their words could reach out to you like a hand.

They are trying to squeeze the joy out of you because they enjoy making others suffer when they get bored.

They create so many unnecessary things just to feel the power flowing through them. They enjoy knowing they can shut you down and break you.

But they only hurt themselves as they silence the ones who would have helped them.

But now, as they fall, there is no hand to catch them, and they fail to reach their end, knowing they truly lose.

And the one they left behind is now on top, for they climbed the ladder the right way.

Avoiding all the missteps you took, and now you are looking at them for help, and they don’t even blink as they close the door on you as you did so long ago.

Written By: Deirdre Stokes Copyrighted ©️ 2023 By Deirdre Stokes


Never look

Back for nothing in the past will help you detach and move forward.

You are shining now, and it’s time to appraise all the hard work you have been doing.

It’s time to own who you are and to realize that you have so much more to give and all you have to do is believe.

And stand up for yourself because you have played it small, but you have survived, darling.

And I’m so proud of you for seeing your worth so much more than you ever thought.

And as you blossom from a caterpillar to a beautiful butterfly. I still see the light in you exploding out of you as you use your voice for good.

The smile and joy you get when you realize that the things you’ve dreamed of are possible, and they are because you took the time to open up.

You took the time to throw out the old and realize even when you are low. You are worthy of getting back up again.

You are something unique and unbelievably brave and wonderful, and this world is lucky to have you.

And it’s okay that only a few see you for who you are. Because one day I know more will see you for you.

So keep going, darling, and don’t stop even when you trip over yourself; get back up and wipe those tears away and hold your head high.

For you are a gem, this world will see, and when your light finally goes out, there will be tears and smiles, for you left your to mark in more than one way.

I will never forget you, and neither will the world, which I know is true. So fly high, my friend, as you continue to bless this world and keep seeing it for what it is.

Written By: Deirdre Stokes Copyrighted ©️ 2023 By Deirdre Stokes


How can I

communicate with you when you won’t answer the phone?

Respond to a text message and even when I try to track you down in person. You don’t bother to show up.

But when I give up, you show up a month later with no apology for not responding.

And I began to wonder what kind of friendship I signed up for.

And then I walk out the door, leaving you wondering if I will ever return.

Written By: Deirdre Stokes Copyrighted ©️ 2023 By Deirdre Stokes


I can’t

Escape you anymore

You come and go like the wind before the storm.

You whisper you someday promise, and sometimes I listen.

But you don’t stick around for long, and I’m not that sad when you go.

I’m only saddened when you come around for it, always when I’m feeling low.

You try to convince me that your way is the right way, and maybe it is but now is not the time.

But I know I’ll leave the door open, and you will come around again, and then I may say yes.

But until then, I will get back up and smile, for tomorrow is a new day to feel.

Written By: Deirdre Stokes Copyrighted ©️ 2023 By Deirdre Stokes


Sometimes I

Feel like I won’t ever be free of this feeling

The feeling of feeling like even though I am at peace with how things are.

There is always this one thread out of place that makes me doubt it all.

And I wonder if that feeling will ever go away even if I get it all and there is nothing left to have.

Will I be okay with all I have, or is it not me that has to be OK with it but the ones who tell me what I’m missing out on?

Will they ever be happy with what I have or don’t have?

As if the things I accomplish and succeed at really mean so much, and if it does, will I ever be 100% complete to them?

Sometimes, I feel like I‘m not the only one living my life.

So if I mess up, will they feel disappointed, or will they say to get back up?

Or maybe they won’t comment at all, and I can finally live for God and myself.

Written By: Deirdre Stokes Copyrighted ©️ 2023 By Deirdre Stokes