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The Hardened Ground of Shame

by Tyson Higel

Image of two arms extended to give each other to have hands meet, light shines on the hands and has rainbow colours in light.
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To be utterly honest

is to radicalize your truth.

It is a reformation.

It is a reclamation.

It is for you.

But it's for others, too—

mutuality acknowledged, and known,

and in the knowing,

a new relationship may be sown.

For then,

and only then,

is the scope understood.

Clues may have come prior,

—subtle, overt—

but to be spoken of openly

is the only way it would.

On your terms,

and their agreement,

acceptance can be reached.

Through courage, and love,

the hardened ground of shame can be breached

by our effort to see

the light of life above.


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Tyson Higel

Tyson Higel is a nursing student living in Bellingham, WA. If he's not with patients or studying his coursework, he is, almost certainly, working on his poems and short stories. His poetry has recently appeared in Corridor and The Kings River Review.

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