Poetry Today

There’s Power In Accepting Your Truth

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” —Thomas Edison

It’s time you understand that there’s no need to hide your failures, there’s no need to be ashamed if you’ve started something that did not worked out. There’s power in accepting your truth, there’s liberation in understanding that this is YOUR life, and you can change course, you can start over, you can make something new as many times as it takes for you to be happy and fulfilled. I know you’ve heard this before, but let me tell you again, all the things that happened in your past DOES NOT define who you are or who you can become. So, start again and again and again until you’ve mastered the art of acceptance, starting over and success.

These 8 quotes on starting over that will help you look to the future with hope.

  1. It’s ok to start over as many times as needed.
  2. You are worthy of second chances.
  3. Take time to understand your journey.
  4. Learn from your mistakes and start something wonderful.
  5. The lesson is in the moments between failure and success.
  6. Your ideas are valid, never let them die.
  7. Find a new path and write a new story.
  8. Patience is the key, what is yours will always find you.

Be proud of your journey; learn from the unfavorable experiences, expand your heart and grow and rise and become the best version of yourself.

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Nikki

@paragonwords

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Don’t let what people say about you get into your soul!

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Don’t let what people say about you get into your soul. The lie and the disbelief will seep into your bones and make you a believer of their viperous tongue.

You know who you are, you know what you’ve been through, you know how you got here, you know the prayers that were spoken over you, you know that you are bless, so why do you let people limit you with their words, their actions, their thoughts and their ideology?

Stop holding on to the season you’re in, stop giving your time and attention to people who are stagnant, who refuse to grow and move, who would rather pull you down than see you rise.

Don’t you see you’ve outgrown this space; you’ve outgrown their friendship, don’t you understand that they don’t deserve your love, your kindness, your truth and your energy.

Let them go, break the attachment, this is a new season and sometimes you have to walk into it alone. You have the power within you to claim and overcome everything that has stopped you from moving forward. This is your time, your season, to make that extraordinary move.

People need to see your light; it’s bursting out from beneath your burnt-out soul. Take a breath, calm yourself and prepare your heart so the light and go through you.

I hope this post helps you to look at where your energy and time is being spent. You have things to accomplish, places to visit and people to love. Make sure you are on the right track by evaluating your connections.

Here’s a poem from Sackcloth & Silk my new Poetry collection.

There’s a story inside of you

Of moonlight and magic

Of bravery and love

A light deep within

The darkness

A glimpse of hope

That the world needs

To see

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Thank you for sharing this space with me.

Nikki

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SACKCLOTH & SILK

A Poetic Journey From Darkness to Light.

Author Nikki Sterling

It’s such a joy to share one of my poems from Page 113 of my new poetry book Sackcloth & Silk.

Chain Breaker

We don’t bleed the same
My blood is black and blue
It carries the venom of past lovers
And play God with the sacrifices
Of my ancestors
It has extinguished the light
From my eyes and kept me chained
For far too long
We don’t feel the same
I’m immortal to pain
I’ve crucified the emotions
That held me captive
I’ve walked through fire
I’ve stared down giants
I’ve watched them fall at my feet
I’ve aborted the truth
From my tongue
We don’t hurt the same
My hurt is from a deep place
A cemetery of broken hearts
Broken past
Broken dreams
A cycle repeating itself
From generation to generation
My pain has found a home
Amongst gravestones
So
Tell me what you know about sacrifice
And I’ll tell you how I became
A chain breaker

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With Gratitude

Nikki

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Gut Feelings

Some called it intuition, sixth sense, a hunch, a feeling, my grandmother calls it gut feelings, but no matter the name, I always listen to it and pays attention. That feeling that’s crawling between your soul and your bones, it’s always trying to warn you, to tell you something is not right. Often times we ignore it and ended up paying the consequences.

This poem speaks of the truth of not listening to your gut feelings.

Broken Link

These walls no longer

Hold me

This house without

Your warm smile

No longer feels like home

A broken link

A body without hands

And hearts

You were the epicenter

Of my world

A beautiful disaster

I saw coming

But couldn’t turn

Away from

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This poem along with many more can be found in my book Sackcloth & Silk.

Available now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble

@paragonwords

Do you listen to your intuition or your gut feelings?

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Until next time

Nikki

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You Are My Greatest Hope

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” Desmond Tutu

I know it’s cliché, I know you’ve heard it over and over again. Don’t give up on love.

So hear me out for a second!

Someone you love and trusted has ripped your heart wide open and you are left with the brokenness, the betrayal, the hurt and the feeling that you will never love or trust anyone again.

For some, the betrayal is unthinkable, and you can’t even bring yourself to talk about it. For some, you are still carrying the resentment and anger in your heart. For some, you shut the world out and fall into a dark place. For some the pain is too great and you made a promise to never let your guard down.

No matter how wrong things have gone for you, I want to encourage you today not to give up on love. Whether it’s a friend, a spouse, a brother, a sister or a lover, you have to get up, forgive them and move on.

Stop going back and reliving the pain. Forgive the person that hurt you, then forgive yourself.

Don’t give up on love. Never give up on yourself. No matter how many times love has let you down.

I believe one day when you least expect it, love will find you, and someone will tell you that you are their greatest hope and their sweetest blessing.

It’s not impossible, you’re not too old, or too broken, stop telling yourself that you don’t deserve love, that no one will ever love you. Start changing your pattern of thinking, let it all go and open your heart to the future and all the possibilities that awaits you.

After all you are my greatest hope.

There are good things waiting for you! I hope you know that, I pray you believe that.

Poem

At the end of the day

When the hush settled into its itself

And your beating heart

Pulls me in from the wreckage

Of the day

I came to you silently

Dragging all my burdens

Behind me

And you wrapped me in your arms

And whispered

I’ll always be here at the end

Of the day

To welcome you home

You’re my greatest hope

My sweetest blessing

My forever love

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With love and gratitude

Nikki

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You are defined by the grace you give

You were born into it, the hardship, the pain, the abused, the sickness, the worry, the neglect, the endless tears……. you’ve seen and experience more than you should. You’ve tried and failed more times than you should. You’ve questioned your worth. You’ve stayed silent even when you have so much to say.

But today I want to tell you something you probably already know.

You are precious and your life is worth far more than you could ever image.

Give yourself and your situation some grace today.

You carry so much light in you, but you need to let the darkness go, so you can shine for the world to see.

I want you to remember that no matter how bad your circumstances are; you are not defined by them.

Your worth is not defined by your overflowing to do list

Your beauty is not defined by your weight

Your goals are not defined by your failures

Your truth is not defined by what others think of you

Your future is not defined by your past mistakes

Your hope is not defined by your lost

You are defined by the life you live

By the grace you give

By the freedom of your smile

And by the virtue of your hands

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With Gratitude

Nikki

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Hope Coming Back Home

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”
― Maya Angelou

All of us in our own way are dealing with something we rather not speak about. We are imperfect, we are tired, we stumble through our days trying to hold on to the promises we made to ourselves, but on the hard days, I remind myself that I am still here, I am alive and bless even in the midst of my circumstances. No matter how dark the days are, I can still choose to let the light in.

This is your reminder, the light is always with us, in us and around us, choose to let it in today. Whatever you are going through I pray you find the courage to overcome and find peace again.

I love this quote by Earnest Hemingway, “We are all a little broken, that’s how the light gets in”

I think it’s fitting for the day and time that we are living in. Normal as we know it no longer exist and we are learning how to pivot and adjust. There are some deep darkness and even some hopelessness in the lives of those we love, and it’s up to us to show them that they are stronger than their circumstances. There’s light along the broken path, Show them the beauty in accepting the truth that change is inevitable and they can rise stronger than before.

HOPE, COMING BACK HOME

You are worthy

Of the music in your soul

The air upon your skin

The light

That has finally return

To your eyes

You told me of the darkness

How you fought and won

And I could feel hope

Bending the edges

Letting the light in

I could see joy

Coming back home

To the soft places

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Nikki

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I Am Learning To Trust Myself Again

We are all imperfect, and no matter how hard we try, sometimes life will bring us to our knees. So the choice is ours, to get back up and keep living, keep dreaming and fulfilling our destiny.

Trust the journey, have faith in the little things. What you tell yourself matters, the affirmations and love that you give away to others are great; but remember to give some back to yourself as well.

Think about where you are going.

Where do you want to end up?

What is your purpose?

Choose the path that represent your heart.

Embrace your uniqueness and your strength.

This poem is about learning to trust yourself again. I hope you some comfort and insight in these words.

I am learning

How to trust myself

How to let go

Of the things I can’t control

I am growing

I am capable

I deserve all the love

In this world

I will not settle

I will no longer beg

For what is rightfully mine

I will open my heart

To feel deeply

To nourish the space where

Discontentment lives

I will fill my soul with

Goodness

I belong here

In the breath and longing

Of this glorious life

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With Gratitude!

@paragonwords

Nikki

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There’s Power in The Knowledge of Who We Are

The space between self-doubt and self-confidence is full of passion and desires

Sometimes we are the only thing holding us back. The space between self-doubt and self-confidence is full of passion and desires. We are capable of rising above the harsh realities of life, seeing things from new and exciting perspectives and curating a life worthy of our best efforts. Our potential is locked up in the circumstances that binds us to our pattern of living.

Our lives become a mundane cycle of doing and repeating, living inside a box, self-created and destructive. For some this is the norm, the brutal reality that life is trivial, and change is stagnant. Others find ways to tap into a reservoir of emotion, passion and creativity and live at their full potential.

I know, it’s easier said than done. life is different for everyone. The baggage we carry are often heavy, the pain we feel blind us to the reality that we are warriors, and what lies ahead is so much greater than what we’ve been through.

There’s power in the knowledge of who we are, and once we discover our purpose, we will see that our life, no matter how small and fragile, matters. it’s what we tell ourselves, actually; it’s what we’ve accepted that is killing our dreams.

This part of life is hard

We take without giving

We speak without thinking

We walk away

And forget to comfort

The brokenness in each other

We cling to unforgiveness

We brush aside

Years of sacrifice

We let go so easily

Of the good

In humanity

I hope this post helps you along your journey to live brave and hopeful.

Leave a comment or share your thoughts

Stay hopeful!

Nikki

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Eternally Beautiful

Meet me here, where the sky touches the earth, and our love is bound to the stars. Written since the dawn of time, our love has broken down all barriers, visible and invisible. We are worthy of this love, this beautiful unwritten truth that has found us at our worse and saved our tornado souls from drowning.

This poem is about finding that one person who connects with you on the soul level. A true kind-hearted person that will lay everything aside just to see you smile on your worse day.

When you find that one person

That gives more than they take

That loves you unconditionally

In good times and bad

That refuses to give up on you

No matter what

This kind of love is rare

And beautiful

If you have it

Cherish it

If you’re searching for it

I pray you find it

If you’ve lost it

I hope it finds you once again

If you’ve found someone that is rare and genuine leave a comment for me: would love to hear about it

With Gratitude

Nikki Sterling

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