After Trauma

1.

Every day after trauma is another day to heal.
When I suffered flashbacks as a child, I curled up
into a ball and became, for a moment, an object.

Today when the world overwhelms me, I curl up
into a ball and become, for a moment, an object.
To come back to life, I breathe in and breathe out.

2.

When a friend falls apart and their hope shatters,
their falling apart happens in the same world
where I once fell apart, too. Our coming apart,

individually, comes together in the nick of time.
I befriend a process of trauma and recovery.
I give myself time. I hope for more hope.

3.

Trauma exists but so does love. Love can feel
traumatic to those who feel unworthy of love,
but everyone deserves to love and be loved.

To keep hope alive, I breathe in and breathe out.
Sometimes I curl up into a ball to protect myself.
Every day after trauma is another day to heal.