Rise and Shine, a poem by Ella Etienne-Richards at Spillwords.com

Rise and Shine

Rise and Shine

written by: Ella Etienne-Richards



Your aim is to hold me down.
You insult me and hurt my feelings
You wish to see me sad and depressed
You can’t help it when I’m happy
So you attack me with your filthy tongue

You are jealous, insecure and controlling
You try to destroy my self-esteem
You decide who I can and cannot see.
You try to keep my family away
My loved ones I dare not contact

You put on a facade to others
They fall under that spell
Of your deceptive outward appearance
Of your charm and good humour
Your Jekyll and Hyde character
I must endure

But I shall rise and shine
For my strength, my confidence
Comes from a higher power
No man nor woman, no earthly being
Can stop my light from shining

You may hurt me sometimes
And take me down, but lo and behold
Like a phoenix from the ashes
I will rise, a renewed woman
Strong, self-reliant, self-assured and hopeful

I will not allow you to take away from me
What is rightfully mine
The gift that has been bestowed unto me
Is mighty and powerful
More powerful than you can ever imagine

Therefore I will always fight against oppression
I will hold my head up high
I will live my life to the fullest
No more, will you damage my self-esteem
And take my happiness away from me.

Ella Etienne-Richards

Ella Etienne-Richards

Ella lives in London with her husband and two children and a posh cat called MJ. Ella has worked in Education in many different roles and is now working as a tutor. She is passionate about writing and have always written short stories for fun and relaxation but has never been able to devote much time as she would like to writing, due to work and family constraints. Last year she started a word press blog - creativewordsflowchat and has decided to make more time to writing and follow her dreams. She also joined ‘The Writers Clubhouse’ on FaceBook where like-minded people offer encouragement, inspiration and advice for those who have an interest in writing. She’s had some of her work published in the CafeLit magazine, The Drabble and Spillwords Press and has gone on to publish her first book ‘Shades of the Soul’ - A collection of short stories. She also enjoys reading, cooking, swimming, jogging and spending time with her family.
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