Poetry

Validation Required

“I don’t need your
validation
or judgement
of my existence.”

I know the genesis of every scar on my body, even the invisible ones. I know what kinds of demons go bump in the night. I know what it’s like to be haunted, used, and walked over repeatedly. But worst of all, I know what it’s like to stand on the other side of perfection. I’m flawed. I’m broken. But I’m one hell of a fighter. A survivor. The kind Virgil would appreciate. I don’t bother to compete with the perception of perfection. Because I know I’m being authentic to myself and to my readers.

I’m not perfect. No one is. And I see right through you and this façade of self-validation. So feel free to criticize, mock, and pretend all you want. I’ll stay with the crowd that embraces who they are and welcomes me with open arms.

© Sarah Doughty

Poetry

Perspective

“My life is
the stuff of
dreams.”

I’m trying to look at everything in a positive perspective. Before the memories changed my life forever, I was a different person. I was a part of polite society, I worked, and most of it was normalcy. But then I was flooded with more memories, worse than before, and I couldn’t function the way I was. It might be hell in some ways, but it was the beginning of this journey. And I can’t be upset about that. Because I’m living my dreams.

© Sarah Doughty

Poetry

A Moment

“Take a moment
and just breathe.”

I often take some time to hear my breathing, to listen to some soothing music. The relief I really feel is when I can escape. And when I can feel, truly feel, something different, it may be temporary, but it’s so worth it.

© Sarah Doughty