Courageous Captain

We get to choose the words and behaviors we use to cope when devastation finds us. In this piece, using the found poem poetic form, words from an article on a life well lived are remastered to convey the starkness many people experience.

Greetings courageous captain
beloved and cherished
welcome tumble from sanity

To live in the shadow
of one who looms larger
I am more myself

Spinning tales of no respite
perpetuate more than one
paralyzing night of panic

Critical naive nobody
harsh dilemma honored
amuses them for an hour

Relish singular, precious life
yet so quixotic
I am less myself

A new lens death created
feelings and ideas, tender
earnest and regret

It’s hard to imagine
how we strive, how difficult
survival advice, I know nothing

The sounds I speak
defense armor I wear
are all mine

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Are you comfortable owning the words you use when commenting on your devastation? How do you handle advice from others? Can you ask for what you need or don't need?  

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Monica Sword

Monica Sword is an aspiring author and artist living a deeply heartfelt life. Following the early death of three family members, including her daughter, she struggled to balance home and work life. Once she discovered how to apply her conscientious and high-achieving personality to honor her passions, be mindful of her emotional reactions and focus on self-care, she developed a creative mindset that produces her most meaningful life work. On her website,, Monica inspires and encourages others to honor their heart and soul in mindful ways.