Before and After and scars

I just want to say a few things today. Connect the dots as you will.

Everyone has scars.

Some are bigger than others.
Some are so big they split our lives into parts.
Before and After.

Some scars fade with time.
A month, a year, a decade.
Some stay fresh forever.

Scars are a symbol of pain.
Scars are a symbol of healing.
We have an amazing capacity for both.

Scars are stories.
Stories are how we learn, grow, and connect.
Everyone has stories.

Everyone has scars.

Like this:


Confession from a former literary snob


Scraping the sky


  1. We all do have scars, don’t we? Some more tender than others. I like this – simple, but very evocative.

  2. That gave me chills. So beautifully said, Kristan.

  3. Amazing. Simple yet profound. Beautifully written.

  4. Trisha

    I tear my heart open, I sew myself shut
    My weakness is that I care too much
    My scars remind me that the past is real
    I tear my heart open just to feel

    Chorus from ‘Scars’ by Papa Roach

  5. Joelle Wilson

    Well said and true.

  6. Thanks, everyone. And Trisha, I love that song. :)

  7. Jon

    Great poem–especially liked the last two lines, my thoughts exactly.

  8. Thanks. Heh, you know, I didn’t really intend it to be a poem, but I guess it does look like one.

  9. It definitely is a poem! And a beautiful one. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  10. Wow. So true.

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