The Gift (I)

The Gift (I) by Valerie Parente

You didn’t break me
you broke down everything around me
so that I could see
what it really means
to be me.

– Valerie Parente (5-24-2021)

Ripped Open

Ripped Open by Valerie Parente

Red Rose

My heart did not break,
it was opened up.
Sometimes it feels like we’ve been destroyed
when we’ve actually evolved into better versions of ourselves.

– Valerie Parente (1-5-2020)