Bekah Steimel – She Said I Have a Choice

June 30, 2014 | By | 5 Replies More

live well

or live forever

give it my best

the lackluster pursuit

of a part-time passion

or give it my all


like an inferno                                           

zero percent contained

burning in every direction

she slipped me the recipe

for immortality:

ignore exhaustion

pass like a ghost

through boundaries

and give criticism

the cold shoulder

I chose the screaming flame

over the safety

of silence

knowing I must break away

from them

in order to break open

the sleepy eyes of strangers




Category: Knowing

Comments (5)

Trackback URL | Comments RSS Feed

  1. I love this poem. It captures exactly what it feels like to find the thing that you know is worth everything; and to find it inside of yourself. (Where, of course, it always is.)

  2. Kavanaugh says:

    Sheesh. Fine title. Within these words is the writer’s scream. Emphatic last line.

  3. bekah steimel says:

    Just wanted to say THANKS for the comments… I enjoyed them all.

  4. “She” was my grandmother, who taught me that everyday is a choice. Every moment of every day. Thank you for reminding me of Grams’ wisdom, of the women in my life who have spurred me to reach beyond the now.


Leave a Reply