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Art TherapyPoetry

There’s Room for All of It

October 2018 Vol 4 No 5
Sharon Chappell, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Elementary and Bilingual Education, California State University Fullerton

Trembling hands, I am afraid.

Smiling eyes, I am brave.

Spilling tears, I am angry.

Breathing belly, I am hopeful.

There’s room for all of it.

I walk around doing the day to day:

The dishes, the laundry, so normal.

Carrying cancer with me.

I want to tuck myself into a ball,

relinquish my bravery, give in to sadness.

I want to run miles, insistent on hope.

I want to tell everyone how many emotions I am carrying.

I want to be silent and not tell a soul.

There’s room for all of it.

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