These shoulders, arms and back

These shoulders, arms and back

hurt and droop sometimes 

from the weight of the world.

i so often feel the suffering of others,

sometimes as if it were my own.

with tools, i have learned to

remove these burdens, 

for me and those I inherited 

from you.


my shoulders no longer hang

forward in heavy shame, 

no longer trying to protect

my heart and breasts from 

others’ prying vision;

i’ve learned to be vulnerable

showing off my assets; 

opening my heart as best I can.


these arms have held my lovers 

to me.

even more time spent holding my babies,

to my chest and to my breasts,

they carried them as toddlers,

cuddling them now as children.


these arms bear some scars

of my past with


done to release

the pain of living.


sometimes they try to hold onto and grasp, 

not letting go of what has long past.

letting go of the grime,

can be hard some of the time.


when feeling tension, 

the shoulders raise.

when afraid or sad,

i feel the pain between

my shoulder blades;

the back of my heart,

where i often guard.


this back is my support.

it shows off my special artwork.

without it i would not be able 

to do my work as a PT.


mostly now these arms extend outwards into

the world, spreading love, through writing, 


All raise me up over life’s

virtual and actual obstacles.

so today, and everyday,

i begin to see what these lovely 

shoulders, arms & back have done for me.

I extend gratitude eternally

for these parts

of my body.



photo by Will of 1/17/2016 (please check him out!)

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      1. That should read “is important” physically to have a strong back and shoulders is important in coping with physical life. If your core is not physically strong then this weakens the rest of your body. This is why yoga and palates help a great deal and are offered as ways of strengthening. On a spiritual level you need to have a strong core to your personality when life throws it’s many daggers at you. I love the tattoos down the centre as to me this resonates with strength and peace.

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  1. And most beautiful it is. I love your holistic approach with this piece. The negative is softened with an opening of the heart, central to everything else. The reference to your children and the love between you as their mother, is priceless. A reminder that we do carry much, albeit it, often figuratively, on our shoulders; letting go, despite being painful, also heals.

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