Before I Speak

SheSpeaks, One Longfellow Square, Portland, Maine – Lael Couper Jepson
It's my turn to take the mic
Not as a character
Not the representative you know, but as
The brave voice of who I am

Dwelling deep where my story lives

I don't like to feel
What's difficult
This standing here on stage before you
Is the beginning of being

Willing to feel
The doubt, anger, fear
To grow into the person I wish to

Taking a stand for myself

Beyond the fear of fear,
The anger of anger,
The doubt of being in doubt
Is the joy of being joyful,
The confidence of being confident
And the truth of truth

It is my turn
To be the voice

Published by jchmcpherson

Arts, Education and Writing

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