{Written after watching an Amy Winehouse documentary.}

Amy Winehouse.  I watched a documentary about this extraordinary woman earlier today and I haven’t been able to get her story out of my head.  So beautiful in her self destruction.  So much strength in her weakness.  Very reminiscent of Sylvia Plath.  Amy is a legend, everyone knows this.  Her songs speak to the hearts of people all over the world who resonate with her lyrics.  But, would you consider her a strong woman? Her battle against drugs and alcohol, her crippling eating disorder, the nonexistent relationship she had with her parents and her tumultuous love affair all suggest her weakness.  On the other hand, these are tangible, cringe worthy elements of life and yet, she wrote songs about them.  Is that not strength?  Amy may not have been a strong woman in the typical sense; but, she made something good out of something bad and that takes courage.  That is strength. 

The unique and bitter taste
Of a poison too harsh to swallow
Her passion
Drips from her lips

The song of her Soul
Her pain felt in every word
Her voice warms my heart
And gives my voice strength

I look through the window
Into her eyes
My God, what a creature to behold
I ask myself
What am I, if not her?

Her gaze reflected in the mirror
Her eyes
This body of mine
That I torture

Secrets I keep under my finger nails
Black and dirty
I shed that layer of skin
But, in no time, I go back to black
The venom that killed her
That poison lingers in my veins

Is this not Beauty?
Is this not Strength?
If not, then what is?

What makes a Soul beautiful
Is not what makes a body beautiful
What gives a Soul strength
Is not what gives a body strength

Photo compliments of Instagram account @camden.queen 

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