I Am

by Vanessa Hannah Bright

An open soul, agape and feeling
Forever taken by surprise
A moment lived, complete or empty
Is labor, birth, the world, demise
My birth is sacred and infernal
To reconcile is endless grief
To know myself, to know that’s missing
Recovered from some ancient thief
Each drop of color, breath, and sound
Each image, movement, cry, and strain
A need to name each nameless instant
Each word a pleasure and a pain.
I am a soul, a song, a struggle
I am a dream, composed and torn
I am a word, a life, a moment
I am forever being born.

© Vanessa Hannah Bright
June 24, 2012

“Unconscious Becoming Conscious”

Painting by Vanessa Hannah Bright
Acrylics on canvas, 12”x16”

Vanessa Hannah Bright is a psychoanalytic candidate at the Institute for Expressive Analysis. She publishes an independent blog where she explores her experience of training to become a psychoanalyst as well as shares her reflections on the psychoanalysis of everyday life. By combining her psychoanalytic training with her prior background in Chinese Medicine, Vanessa intends to design a therapy that deeply engages the body, mind, and spirit.

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