If my ribcage were a wishbone…

If my ribcage were a wishbone,
To give a second chance,
To my battle scarred heart,
Or I had some magic potion,
To heal all my bleeding wounds,
I would be tempted to use them all,
To once again, feel new and whole.

But I would fight past my temptations,
And wear my battle scars with pride,
As blood drips down my battered body,
With bullet holes and arrows hanging,
I shall hold my head high,
For all the battles, I valiantly fought,
I survived, and I thrived.

It would be easy to forget it all,
Patch up the scars and wear a mask.
But why would I ever choose to pretend,
When I have a glorious story to tell?
I don’t need magic to heal me,
I’m magical, and so is my journey.

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61 Comments Add yours

  1. Brad Osborne says:

    We are the sum of our experiences, both good and bad. To ignore or deny either one is not the whole picture of who we are. A beautifully captured and worded idea, Shreya! Well done!

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    1. Shreya Joshi says:

      Thank you so much, Brad! Really means a lot to me. We truly are a culmination of all our experiences, they shape us and make is who we are. πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°β€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈπŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

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  2. I work with autistic children who attack and are aggressive; I bleed a lot as well; in my body and in my heart. This poem was beautifully done and very moving for me. Thank you.

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    1. Shreya Joshi says:

      Thank you so much, Joe. So glad you liked it. And wow!! I admire your work. Take care of yourself and the children. You’re such a beautiful person. πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

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  3. HappySoul says:

    this is so Wow!!!

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    1. Shreya Joshi says:

      Thank you so much! πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°

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    1. Shreya Joshi says:

      Thank you so much! πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°

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  4. besondersite says:

    Wow this is so powerful and intense! Such a deep message πŸ’– This poem speaks volumes πŸ˜‡

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    1. Shreya Joshi says:

      Really means a lot to me, Prerna. So glad you like it. Thank you so much! πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—β™₯️β™₯️β™₯️β™₯️

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      1. besondersite says:

        Always welcome dear πŸ˜ŠπŸ’–

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      2. Shreya Joshi says:

        πŸ€—πŸ€—

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  5. I don’t need magic to heal me,
    I’m magical, and so is my journey.

    How Beautifully you ended this!
    I am amazed really!

    Hope things are fine over there, take care Shreya!

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    1. Shreya Joshi says:

      Hehe… Thank you so much, Rashmi!! πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯° Your words always make me smile. 😍 Everything is okay here. How are things there?

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      1. Things are fine here! How are you doin? I heard it from Bharath and Anushka that you are upto publishing a collection of poetries, I am excited for same!

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      2. Shreya Joshi says:

        I’m so much better now. About the poetry collection, it’s on halt. Got a new job… Soo…
        πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ
        Seems like I’ve been out of WP for soooooo long! πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ

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  6. this imagery is simply fantastic. just – wow. I love it.

    also did you mean “scared” or “scarred”?

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    1. Shreya Joshi says:

      Thank you so much, Ben! I meant scarred, but it was a typo in the prompt itself I guess… So I let it be. πŸ˜‚πŸ™ˆπŸ₯°

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    2. Shreya Joshi says:

      I’ll correct it… 😬

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  7. ashok says:

    Intensely touching Shreya.

    Did you mean β€˜scared heart’ or is it a typo πŸ€”

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    1. Shreya Joshi says:

      Thank you so much, Ashok. It’s a typo.

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      1. ashok says:

        My pleasure Shreya 😊

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  8. akshita1776 says:

    I am speechless! Just WOW!

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    1. Shreya Joshi says:

      Thank you so much, Akshita! πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—β™₯️β™₯️β™₯️

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    1. Shreya Joshi says:

      Thank you so much! πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ€—πŸ€—β™₯️β™₯️β™₯️

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  9. SMiLes Deeper We Dive
    Now We Appreciate Air
    More Coming Back
    To Surface
    Weight
    Of the
    Ocean
    Will Seem
    Less indeed
    Breathing in
    Balance Magic
    No Permissions
    Needed DarK
    Or LiGHT🌊😁

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    1. Shreya Joshi says:

      πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°β™₯️β™₯️β™₯️β™₯️β™₯️β™₯οΈπŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

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      1. πŸ™ŒπŸ˜ŠπŸ€—πŸ˜β›΅οΈπŸŽΆ

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  10. Really a great poem here and I love the end line of you being magical!!! cuz you are! ❀️ Cindy

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  11. Era says:

    Just beautiful πŸ’™

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    1. Shreya Joshi says:

      Thank you so much! πŸ₯°β™₯️

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      1. Era says:

        πŸ’›πŸ€—

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  12. This is beautifulπŸ–€ It has such a strong message…

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    1. Shreya Joshi says:

      Thank you so much, dear! β™₯️β™₯️β™₯️β™₯️β™₯️β™₯️

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  13. Love this one!! πŸ–€πŸ–€

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    1. Shreya Joshi says:

      Thank you so much! πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

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      1. You’re most welcome πŸ–€

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  14. ANIKI21 says:

    Really strong lines…loved it…❀️❀️

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    1. Shreya Joshi says:

      Thank you so much, Anirudh! πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

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  15. gldn2th says:

    Yet another beautiful poem where WOW seems too weak.
    I wonder if Roget made a thesaurus of superlatives, I need one If I wish to continue commenting on your most excellent work wothout being too redundant.
    Thank you for all your hard work, and all you do.

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    1. Shreya Joshi says:

      Thank you soooo much, dear! Super duper sorry for such a late reply. Have been off WordPress for a while. How have you been? πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

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      1. gldn2th says:

        I’m well, wishing for more than well for you.
        Fortunately there is still a good portion of your old posts I haven’t yet read, so I still get my regular “fix”.

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      2. Shreya Joshi says:

        πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—β€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈ

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  16. Carol anne says:

    You have such a talent! I am loving how you write! I really enjoyed this poem!

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    1. Shreya Joshi says:

      Thank you so much, dear! So glad you love it. πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’– How have you been lately? How’s Nitro?

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  17. Annette Rey says:

    This is great!!! Love the visuals. I’m back from an absence and hope you visit. I have new writing tactics to share. πŸ™‚

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    1. Shreya Joshi says:

      Thank you so much!! I’ve been on absence too!! Glad to be back! πŸ™ˆβ€οΈβ€οΈ

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  18. M Jay Dixit says:

    Deep, meaningful and heart touching!

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    1. Shreya Joshi says:

      Thanks a lot, dear! πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ’–

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  19. Happy Diwali ShreyaπŸ€—
    I miss you yaaπŸ’›

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    1. Shreya Joshi says:

      πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ
      Saw this just now!!!!
      How was Diwali??
      Miss you too!! ❀️❀️❀️

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      1. Diwali was great Shreya! Thank you. When are you planning to return? I miss youπŸ€—

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    1. Shreya Joshi says:

      Thank you so much! πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°

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  20. Athira says:

    Beautiful Shreya

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Shreya Joshi says:

      Thank you so much, Athira! πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°

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      1. Athira says:

        Always welcome Shreya

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