New Voices

Scars
By Tina Isom-Carey


I’ve come too far you for you not to respect
                        My Scars
Pages left unturned happiness passed up
because lessons never learned.
I go back to the same mistakes repeatedly,
conceitedly thinking I will succeed.

You see I come from a bloodline of
                        Warriors
                        Peacekeepers
                        Leaders
                        Healers
I will never give up on humanity no matter
what it throws at me. I wear
                        My Scars
with pride, it reminds me of what I have
Endured
Withstood
Resisted
Survived
to see them is what keeps me

                        Alive.

Tina Isom-Carey is a personal chef and a long-time writer and love of poetry. She spent her childhood in Knoxville, Tennessee, and went to high school in San Diego, California. She became a permanent resident of Virginia Beach, Virginia in the early 90’s.