Reader Poem — BC Petrakos

BC Petrakos wrote this poem in response to the October Poetry Prompts:

These first three Steps are the acceptance Steps

The first breath
Without your mothers help
A cry really
A wail with eyes closed
Begins the first fight

Then when you say
“No! ” For the first time
And everybody laughs

Then your first rejection
Followed by more
Then disapointment
One after the other
Then Grief
Piercing,
Devastating
In time the realization
You have lost the energy to fight
It is that time
acceptance comes

These first three Steps are the acceptance Steps
But they come at the end of the battle
To belong..to be understood..to be loved

Are these the first steps to peace
Which is more comfortable
Than one would imagine

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