A Poem for Your Pocket

Today is Poem in Your Pocket Day and is in conjunction with National Poetry Month.  The idea of the day is to select a poem you love and carry it with you to share with friends throughout the day.  In honor of the day we wanted to share a poem by N Street Village poet Raquel Washington.  The poem is currently on display at N Street Village’s 2nd Annual Art Show at Fathom Creative Gallery and can be viewed from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today.

Who Am I?
By Raquel Washington

I am secure in my recovery.
I am relieved my addiction didn’t take over me.
I can see flowers blooming and clouds moving so that I can see the sun.
I can feel the tears running down my face, but not for long, cause soon,
I’m done with this race.

I can smell my freedom which means it’s not that far,
Soon I’ll be outta here driving my car.
Right now I feel lonely, cause I’m missing my kids,
That’s a consequence for what I did.

At first I felt guilty, but not anymore.
Things happen for a reason this I’m sure.
God put this path in front of me to help me see he’s using me.
So give up, I will not, I’ll stay humble and held by God.
I can do this, it’s not long before I see my kids at home!

Artist Statement:  I wrote this at a time in my life where I was trying to find myself and trying to continue in my recovery. It is the beginning of the new me.