Gabriella Alziari


Each step upon

the golden stairs of courage

is a promise to myself,

an ode to

my forgetting


I am shedding

all the remnants

of my past

like skin.

I hang them out to dry,

let them crinkle

in the sunlight


At night, I meet the ocean

taste her salt upon my lips,

kiss the current, let the weight

slip off my shoulders


I soak into the waters,

flow within her steady rhythm,

come alive in her mystic

realm of forgiveness


I am all about awakening,

taking bites of bitterness,

sipping salt to release what

no longer serves me


I float within my purpose,

come alive in pure surrender

embracing the goddess

who rises within me