The Struggle by Elizabeth Nichols

Rachel Kertz
Art courtesy of Rachel Kertz

Broken bird on a chain.

Unfree Unclean

Stretching Reaching

Straining veins

he can’t keep you

Don’t let him beat you

You can be free broken bird

Your cries are heard

Don’t dwell in your cage of fear and rage

Be untamed, break the chains

he’ll feel pain

Secrets kept are souls kept clenched

he can’t own your soul

Life is what you make it

he can’t take it

Broken

Bird

Fly

Free

 

Elizabeth Nichols is a 21-year-old caffeine addict. She just completed Nanowrimo because the only thing that she loves more than reading is writing. She’s currently been to 12 countries, she’s a certified sign language interpreter for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and she lives life flying by the seat of her pants, screaming “Hakuna Matata.” Her goal in life is for everyone to  someday understand all of her book and movie quotes, but she’s not holding her breath. “Stay golden, Ponyboy.”

Rachel Kertz was born in a small town in Missouri in 1988. While earning her degree at Southeast Missouri State University, she became interested in photography and began using her commutes as excuses to go on long drives through the rural countrysides, hoping to find locations and abandoned houses to photograph. She hopes to convey relatable stories in her images that speak to her audience on themes such as loneliness, love, exploration, and the feeling of being alone in unconventionally beautiful places. You can find more of her work here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/atticgirl/

Elizabeth Nichols
Elizabeth Nichols is a 27-year-old caffeine addict, and the only thing she loves more than reading is writing. She’s currently been to 12 countries, she’s a certified sign language interpreter for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and she lives life flying by the seat of her pants, screaming “Hakuna Matata.” Her goal in life is for everyone to someday understand all of her book and movie quotes, but she’s not holding her breath. “Stay golden, Ponyboy.”

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