Courage: from the Latin root ‘cor’ meaning heart

What story dwells 

just inside your chest,

pushing against 

your ribs, 

making it hard 

to breathe in, 

gnawing at you 

to speak it out?

We were made 

to communicate, 

exhale the who 

of ourselves, 

relate through 

our stories, 

for the speaking 

changes everything.

Lean in and attend,

language sings, 

spoken, signed, 

or written, 

it is a gift given 

to encourage others 

to join the narrative,

our dynamic dialogue 

of all the passion 

and pain we’re living,

so share your truth,

let loose your heart,

release your courage—

allow your soul to speak,

discipline your soul to listen.

—C.L. Fisher, February 2021

Unless otherwise indicated, all content, including writing and images, are the work of C.L. Fisher and may not be copied, used, or distributed without permission.

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