While You Were Away

While you were away
I walked through shadows disguised as glass
I danced alone
I learned that I could
be just as I am

While you were away
freedom delivered me to heaven.
I found my voice
spoke for myself,
enjoyed the words
said them again and again

While you were away
a taste for whiskey developed on my tongue
I devoured raw flesh,
felt another
kind of emotion
swaying on my feet,
balancing on hope
I can see there is a way

While you were away
laughter reigned,
my heart expanded
anxiety lifted, floated away
I discovered my strength

While you were away,
I finally became me

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Julie Anderson

Julie Anderson is the Creator and Publisher of Feminine Collective. Julie was inspired to create this safe place for women to share their secrets, desires, triumphs and pain as the antithesis of what mainstream media offers women today. In her column Pursuit of Perfection, she explores the importance of rectifying the balance of inner and outer beauty through essays, poems and articles on self-esteem, shame, family, and self- acceptance.


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