By Allison Stein
To edit a poem is to amplify its words. Indeed, the revision process has enabled me to elevate my work and empowered me to forge a more profound connection with readers. Below, please find the first draft of “Shatter the Chains” as well as the more polished piece that resulted from restructuring the core of the poem. It is my wish that you, too, are inspired to channel the creativity essential to transforming a dream into a reality. Enjoy!
Break Through the Chains I am a fabrication. Only the richest, rawest part of my soul is genuine, Pure enough to emanate this muffled song: Echoes of a heartbeat disintegrate in silence. I am a compromise. Insecurity conquers my courage, Stifles my stamina: Freedom fades to the shadows of dreams. I am a disguise. The confines of a stereotype shelter me As unspoken lies clutter my mind: Fragments of faith dissolve in lonely tears. I am brave. I am strong enough to fight, To break through the chains of fear And achieve liberation.
Shatter the Chains I am a lie. Let the world filter my soul Until echoes of my heartbeat disintegrate In silence. I am a fabrication. Let the song inscribed in my spirit go unheard Until freedom fades into shadows Of dreams. I am a compromise. Let the confines of a stereotype shelter me Until fragments of faith dissolve In lonely tears. But I am brave. I am strong enough to fight, To shatter the chains forged by fear And achieve liberation.