Her soul leaped inside of her
in a rage, as she felt
trapped in her skin,
like a cage.

She saw the heart of her spirit.
All the good, bad, and
all of the joy,
that came with it.

She lived beyond the world
and all of its worth.
To some point, she understood
the “ifs,” “buts”
and all that she could.

But somehow, it wasn’t
always satisfying.
Inside, her soul
was hungry for more.
Inside, she felt it crawling,
knocking at her inner-heart’s door.

Every day, she looked in the mirror,
staring at her own mortality.
How could such a journey ever be
the end of her?

In her heart, she felt something
urging for more.

Through all of her life, as she’s grown,
her heart felt at war.
Somehow, the secrets, it had known.

“There’s more to life than this.”
The journey was in her,
rooted to her very core.

With each heart beat, she continues living,
Stepping towards her path,
working towards the center of her very being.

To all of this,
there’s a reason.
We hold our breath
and languish
in every last kiss.

The battle is internal
and the journey,
is forever,

Published by Ariana R. Cherry

“Within the depths of our mind, we are battling the duel of light and darkness…good and evil…love and hate…” Between Light and Darkness is Ariana’s most recent collection of poetry… Cherry’s frequent message she delivers throughout her work is, “The journey through the darkness, back into the light.” Her hope is to let others know that they won’t be in that place of darkness for long – that they indeed can reach the light once again…She also wants her readers to know – that – it is okay if they find themselves in that bleak blackness…Sometimes we feel guilty for going to that dark place – but it is necessary to conquer the demons that battle our souls…. Other books that Cherry has written include "Only If" and "Twisted Paths Poetry." Her epic tale, “Only If,” won the “Reader’s Favorite Award” and a 5 star review…and her collection, “Twisted Paths Poetry,” received a 5 star review from Realistic Poetry International. She has been writing ever since she was a child. Some of her inspirations include Edgar Allen Poe, Robert Frost, Stephen King, Emily Dickinson, Christopher Pike and Shel Silverstein. Ariana writes a variety of genres: inspirational, humorous and horror – although writing horror is one of her favorites…. She was 12 years old when she read Poe for the very first time – which inspired her epic poetry tale, “Only If.“ During other parts of her free time, she enjoys taking photos and creating art. Her “day-jobs” include working as a church administrative aide and reporting for a local newspaper.

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