Encouragement, Life Is Beautiful

When She Wakes Up…


Back in high school and college I penned a lot of poetry. I loved my Creative Writing classes and excelled in the poetry portions, much to my delight. I loved reading poetry and writing it, and it was a coping device for when things weren’t going so well and I was hurting. There were breakup poems and poems about the love I’d once have. I went out on a creative limb and tried my hand at poetry once again but you’ll notice the theme is more fitting for my life in recent years…

When She Wakes Up


When she wakes up

She wonders what she can do today to be better

How she can walk lighter on the eggshells that have become the only ground on which she stands

How she can possibly choose her words any more carefully so she won’t feel the slap of them when thrown back in her face


When she wakes up

She wonders if anything she does today will be good enough

How she can work any harder, appear any smarter, dress any more pleasing

How she can betray herself any more than she does already in order to be more compliant to his demands.


When she wakes up she leaves behind her dreams

They were only real in the quiet peace of her sleep, the only place she was allowed to have them

The only place she could be beautiful and dance and speak free of ridicule

The only realm where her thoughts and feelings mattered

Then one day life changed forever

The record screeched and the path was unchartered

But what was broken and painful, God fashioned into patchwork beauty

Her heart was reformed, restored, replenished

When she wakes up she feels new peace

Her feelings are cherished, her voice is heard, her life is precious

She is safe and she is revered and her days have new purpose

When she wakes up, she is living her dreams…


Live your dreams!

Melanie Pickett



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  • Reply Bri November 9, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Very pretty! Thank you for the freebie!
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  • Reply Caroline @ In Due Time November 9, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Wow how beautiful! So many thoughts when waking up! Thanks for sharing this!

  • Reply Jenn November 9, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    So beautiful, Melanie! <3

  • Reply Walter Kahler November 9, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Beautiful poem Melanie. The words were uplifting, full of expression and spiritual. Enjoyed stopping by. GBY

  • Reply Mim November 10, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Nice poem, I love the uplifting ending of it! I wrote a lot of poetry in highschool, and just recently started writing poetry again. Feels good doesn’t it?

  • Reply Mary Collins November 10, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    Well, well, Melanie. So you are poet too. That was touching and beautifully written. Very nice.
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  • Reply Brooke November 11, 2015 at 9:59 am

    I love reading poetry and this was beautiful. You really should stick with it. I love how it touches all of us differently. Thanks for sharing and have a great day.


  • Reply Andrew Burns November 11, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    great poetry! I’ve always liked how you can express things in a much more powerful way through rhyme. I like the idea of starting over. Good stuff!

  • Reply Gene Whitehead November 11, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    This is pure, touching talent, Melanie! I’m sending this to my beautiful youngest daughter who loves poetry. Amazing!!

  • Reply Deb Palmer November 11, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    Melanie… great poetry. I love it because I hate oppression so much! Encouraging women (and men), to claim the dreams God put in their heart, is a noble cause. Thank you for taking it on.
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  • Reply Sherry Carter November 11, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    Such a beautiful, uplifting poem, Melanie. There have been many mornings when I woke up to dread of the day ahead. But my God always is able to lift me above the fear to a sense of His presence and to joy.

  • Reply Kelly November 12, 2015 at 7:24 am

    Lovely! Do you submit your poems to GoodReads? They have monthly poetry contests!

  • Reply Karen Patten November 12, 2015 at 10:19 am

    You definitely still have your knack. This poem was so beautiful and, unfortunately, speaks intimately to too many women. Congratulations on your journey.
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