She has risen.
She has been reborn again and again.
She is constantly evolving into the woman she desires to become.
A product of mistakes, she is familiar with pain and struggle.
She is the meaning of adaptation and evolution.
She’s been burned by the flames, only to be re-constructed by the remnants of her own ashes.
Of her past. Remnants of the pain, deceit, depression, and hopelessness.
The sweet smell of change wafts through the air—
It serves as her personal aroma of incense.
Close your eyes…can you smell her?
Can you smell the bitter sweetness?
Can you taste her strength on your tongue?
Her beauty is more than skin deep.
She is not defined by a mask or a sheath.
She is everything inside and underneath.
She is plain Jane to the naked eye,
But truth is, she is Extra Ordinary.
Her simplicity cannot be duplicated.
Her past remains in the still-burning embers in the fireplace,
But her future is in full bloom.
Out of ashes she arose—
from the flames of hell.
But here she is, radiant and powerful in her own right.
Written in 2010.