This is where frightening, heart wrenching traumas
can be reduced to objective memories
with no power to plunge us once again into the fire,
only to inform our now tempered souls.
This is where pain and hardship
can be transformed into lessons and strength,
into the realization that everyone has burdens
so understanding and forgiveness are needed.
This is where both memory and hope live,
Where plans are made, amended and forsaken.
This is where, tired and experiencing pain
I can still choose to smile back at the veiled moon.
© efbarmore 3/13/15
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