'Carving Myself' by Penelope Beretta
to free the angel
within the unyielding rock,
and I wish to do the same.
Extracting myself slowly
from the oppressive skins of infancy,
from the roles placed upon me by others,
from the people I tried to be.
I will chisel away at the exterior,
bit by bit,
pulling my identity out by the hand,
stroking her hair,
finally giving her what she’s always wanted-
the gift of acceptance.
I will float away from the cocoon and soar,
into a sky that is no longer
black and white.
Copyright. Penelope Beretta.
Penny Beretta, grew up in Northern Italy, and moved to Cornwall aged eight, whereupon she discovered a passion for reading and writing in the English language. She is currently studying English and Creative Writing at the University of Exeter.