Pieces of Me

photo @guilhermestecanella

photo @guilhermestecanella

by Joyelle Brandt

What if i gathered up

all the pieces of myself

i’ve left behind

every time

i gave them away

in desperate trade

for some semblance of affection

when I mistakenly believed

that need = love?

When i gave away

my power

like monopoly money


that it had actual


Like fireflies

on an august night

I’d cup them gently

in my hands

and collect them in

a mason jar

to light my way


Joyelle Brandt is a Parenting Coach to survivor mamas, Healing trauma through creativity
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