Poem for Peace #6

for today
peace rides
the swell and 
collapse of my
lung-cradling ribs
as I breathe myself
into clear-eyed acceptance 
that the body gets what the body 
needs no matter how stridently “shoulds”
fling their shame at the tender walls of my heart. 

Poems for Peace #6
© 2018 Tracie Nichols

I was inspired to write daily Poems for Peace by Beth Owls’ Daughter and her post “Embrace the Quiet That Is Nature’s Gift: The Halcyon Days Are Here.” Doing something daily to enfold myself in a sense of peace, intentionally noticing then sharing these things that are helping me feel peaceful, this feels like a gift I can offer both myself and you.

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