Before We Fall Again

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In this moment, I take a deep breath. I lengthen it into a long inhale, a slow exhale, feeling it move through me. I’m assessing, constantly checking for sharp edges, and aches, and spots as soft as a bruise. In this moment, this one, I don’t feel the knife edge of loneliness. I feel solitude. I feel freedom. I feel whole.

Before we fall again, there’s an entire life to be lived. Take out a piece of paper and make a list, or…




Former therapist. Author, Heart of Madison series. Poet.

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Crystal Jackson

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Former therapist. Author, Heart of Madison series. Poet.

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