Bella Shepard


Does it have to burn?

It must, to rise from the ash

Then give me the match


  • Teddy.15

    Superb message received loud and clear

    Painful. 💖 Wonderful poetry dear Bella. 💖

    • Bella Shepard

      Thank you dear friend. The nice thing is that when these thoughts pop into my head there is a place I can go where I know someone will understand. Thank you for being there.

      • Teddy.15


      • Rocky Lagou

        Yes Bella! What a dazzling 5/7/5 that speaks so many meanings in so little words. I adore the way you presented this with a question, it makes it feel like I walked into a conversation. This pheonix analogy reminds me of Sylvia Plath's most iconic lines in the poem "Lady Lazarus" in which she concludes the poem with, "Beware. Out of the ash. I rise with my red hair. And I eat men like air." The "red hair" hinting at a phoenix type of resurrection. Your poem is so true, in order to make it far, we have to be willing to "grab the match" and light ourselves aflame. Marvelous Bella, just marvelous.

        • Bella Shepard

          Dear Rocky, I appreciate your words so much. It is the joy of this site to be able to share, explore, and discuss the questions of life . You've given even more meaning to my words, and for I thank you.

        • cwolff

          Love it! Great job.

          • Bella Shepard

            So glad that you enjoyed, Thank you.

          • Distant View

            A thought-provoking write. Sometimes we must cut away (or burn) the bad to see the good.

            • Bella Shepard

              Thank you for your kind comment. You are so right!

            • Rozina

              Full of meaning in these wonderful few lines. Great job.

              • Bella Shepard

                Thank you Rozina, always appreciate your comments.

              • Goldfinch60

                Much meaning in these few words Bella, good write.


                • Bella Shepard

                  Thank you Andy for your comment. I just hope I'm not getting lazy in my old age.

                • Paul Bell

                  It is a great analogy. Does it have to burn. Does it need to hurt before I feel the benefit. The answer is always yes, yet there's always just that little doubt in the back of your head.

                  • Bella Shepard

                    What I love most about this site is the perceptive comments of those who read. Thank you Paul for your insightful words, they mean so much.

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