By Shannon Crossman POETIC JUSTICE

Rise Fragile, Fierce Woman

By Shannon Crossman

Fragility & Fierceness

Sometimes I weep from
the beauty of life.
How everything coalesces
into one. The All-ness of it all.

What the Beloved must
have been thinking
as She spun this world
into being.

Such glory and grief
strung together like
beads on the thin thread of
human existence.

How does one wed
so much fragility
to such fierceness?

I have seen women
rise from the floor
after being trod
near to death by life.

Bruised and battered
still, they find small
pockets of hope
sewn into their sweaters.

And there are women
who whirl through the world
drunk with joy, on a non-stop
collision course with love.

Light and gleeful
still, they find tender
seeds of sadness
germinating in their gardens.

What a Divine plan this,
to thread light and shadow
so closely together that
we cannot rent them
one from the other…

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Shannon Crossman

Shannon Crossman learned the hard way that untapped creative energy casts a helluva shadow, so she crafts her sanity with her hands daily. Nothing excites (or frustrates) her more than a blank page, fresh ball of yarn, or pile of foodstuffs - all waiting to be transformed into bits of deliciousness. Words are, and have always been, her way back home. She is a writer, artist, technical wizard, public speaker, witch, priestess, gluten free baker, time-bender, and COO who happens to possess a degree in Transpersonal & Somatic Psychology. She's a mama and grandma to a gaggle of wild girls who make her heart happy. When she's out in the business world she's figuring out how to make things faster, more efficient, and automating the hell out of sh*t. Shannon still believes in magic, craves the ocean like a land-locked mermaid, and dreams of a life without shoes.

  1. Tanya Markul

    You are amazing, Shannon!

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