being loved, and
being used for love.
both taste the same
to a hungry heart.
— a hungry heart is a dangerous thing.
© Liezel Graham 2019.
Photograph by Laurent Perren.
those of us who have grown up hungry for love, hungry for acceptance, hungry for belonging… we struggle to know the difference between real love and being used for love.
and sometimes, even when we know deep down in our gut that this is not what it should be, we still stay… because hunger is a powerful force.
teach your daughters and teach your sons, to know the difference and to learn to love themselves enough to know when what they are being given, is not enough.
this poem is from my book, Stripped.
I am so pleased to announce that my first collection of poems, Stripped, is available on Amazon in softcover and Kindle format.
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A very big thank you to each of you for reading my words. Without you, this would not be possible.
So… it has been months in the making, but I can finally share the cover of my first poetry collection.
Originally due in May, but life happened and 2019 turned out to be a profoundly difficult and heartbreaking year for me.
But, as the saying goes—better late than never!
‘Stripped’ is a collection of poems that I have shared here and also on my blog.
There are a few new poems in, but most of them will be familiar.
It was quite difficult to decide which poems to include, but my vision was that my first book would be a collection of poems that gave a voice to ‘unbecoming’ all the wrong that you were taught about love, your true worth in relation to your body image and finding your place in this world, to learning to live life with rebellious joy and growing into your own skin—learning to love yourself and finding the ‘beauty in the struggle’.
I am now working on my second collection, which will have a more spiritual thread running through it. I will also include my poems that have more of a nature theme as faith and nature walk side by side for me.
I shall keep you all updated on when the book and eBook go live on Amazon, but for now… I am (finally) able to do a happy dance!
Thank you for being present on my page, for reading my poetry and for your deep courage that you share so bravely, here!
You are all just lovely!