Broken spirit 'neath the stars
Hiding in an angel's wings
Empty words and broken hearts
Surrounded me with lonely things.
Sunlit glory rise again
Shine upon a child's face
Reminisce the days of old
Guardian of time and space.
Broken spirit torn apart
Underneath a sky of blue
Drowning in my fears and sorrows
Praying to know what to do.
Bask again in warmth of fire
The sky a gentle golden sea
Forget the sorrow time inflicted
Play forever and be free
Broken spirit bleeds inside
Sitting in an empty space
Watching darkened moon at night
Tears are streaming down my face
Velvet carpets of green grass
Love lies beneath my bleeding feet
Drown no more in fear and anger
Live to elemental beat
~Broken Spirit, by Maia de la Lune
"This piece was a recollection of the anger and despair I felt while being bullied when I was younger, but also the faith I had and how my faith gave me hope that one day things would improve, and me looking at the fact that things have improved. I learnt the hard way not to depend on other people’s opinions of me and to define myself not by who they saw but by who I wanted to be, who I was hiding. I think that this poem was also my way of saying to the bullies 'you can’t hurt me anymore' and also letting go of the taunts that had stayed with me, the memories of being pushed around or ignored, having my lunch stolen and being called names. It was through my writing I learnt to express how the bullying made me feel and through my writing I learnt to let go of the anger, sorrow and pain that had been pent up inside me."