Moving beyond
collective fears.

our insecurities.

Embracing hope,
Trading doubts

for freedom,
sharing strength.

Facing love as opposed
to abandoning it.

Living life as promised
by those before you.

Learning to love over
and over and over again.

This is our legacy.
Fighting for the right

to be and the right
to walk away.

Making choices that
inspire self and others.

I turn my back on those
who broke my mother’s heart.


Janet Cormier is a painter, writes prose and poetry, and performs comedy. Janet prefers different and original over pretty. She loves collecting stuff, but cleaning not so much. Janet also talks to strangers. A lot. Her column appears weekly on Oddball Magazine.