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 //This is an excerpt from a piece I'm working on for the Beltway Slam.  Part one of living life like an open book. Being open about trauma. And being ok with that. Family is what is supposed to sustain you through anything that shakes your world, but for me, it's always been the cause of the shaking.  I know there are many other hearts out there feeling orphaned, whose parents have walked out of their lives, for one reason or another.  Slams are sometimes referred to as "group therapy". No one can take away the truth of your experience, change YOUR story, or silence your voice. It is precious, it is beautiful, it is worthy.  Maybe we can heal together.\\ ...  she raised me strong.  because of her,   heartbreak  is an earthquake i've learned  to stir my morning coffee  with.   when Dad said,  "Mom is your rock,"  i don't think  this is what he meant.    To pre-order my new chapbook, Tsu-Nami,  visit this page.  100% December proceeds going to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. 

//This is an excerpt from a piece I'm working on for the Beltway Slam. 
Part one of living life like an open book. Being open about trauma. And being ok with that. Family is what is supposed to sustain you through anything that shakes your world, but for me, it's always been the cause of the shaking. 
I know there are many other hearts out there feeling orphaned, whose parents have walked out of their lives, for one reason or another. 
Slams are sometimes referred to as "group therapy". No one can take away the truth of your experience, change YOUR story, or silence your voice. It is precious, it is beautiful, it is worthy. 
Maybe we can heal together.\\
...

she raised
me strong. 
because of her, 

heartbreak
is an earthquake
i've learned
to stir
my morning coffee
with. 

when Dad said, 
"Mom is your rock," 
i don't think
this is what
he meant.

To pre-order my new chapbook, Tsu-Nami, visit this page. 100% December proceeds going to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. 

Lauren Mitchell