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.

12 responses to “Before and After and scars”

  1. Beverly Diehl Avatar

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

  2. Shari Avatar

    That gave me chills. So beautifully said, Kristan.

  3. Pseudo Avatar

    Amazing. Simple yet profound. Beautifully written.

  4. Trisha Avatar

    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 Avatar

    Well said and true.

  6. Kristan Avatar

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

  7. Jon Avatar

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

  8. Kristan Avatar

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

  9. Meghan Ward Avatar

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

  10. linda Avatar

    Wow. So true.