Picking Up The Pieces

by Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour
Published 2016

As a woman, I have endured much over the years––some things have left deep scars, some have brought joy. I have watched fellow females struggle, and I have held many of them in my arms and my heart as they poured out their pain.

I consider myself one of the lucky ones because I had my pen to fight the demons that invaded my world, and I was able to use that same pen to help and touch the hearts of females around me. Many tears were shed when I shared my poems,
as the words touched the spirit of the women listening.

I do not want you to think that all that is written in this book has happened to me. I look around, and observe, and my heart bleeds the ink with which I write the poems. I hope, if you are reading them, you will find a semblance of courage, knowing you are not the only one who has suffered.

To all my sisters: Be brave. Be strong. Embrace life. You are not alone.

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