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.


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

  2. Shari says:

    That gave me chills. So beautifully said, Kristan.

  3. Pseudo says:

    Amazing. Simple yet profound. Beautifully written.

  4. Trisha says:

    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 says:

    Well said and true.

  6. Kristan says:

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

  7. Jon says:

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

  8. Kristan says:

    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 says:

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

  10. linda says:

    Wow. So true.

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