She dares anyone to tell her she’s ‘worthless’
– such a constant refrain in her life
that for awhile she mistook it for her actual name

She now finds salvation in ink that flows
-refusing to replace said ink with acid or blood
…leaving the decay of the past behind (where it belongs)

…as the words within her flame with fire

©Vivian Zems

MLMM Photo Challenge #220

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