Penance- Kindra M. Austin and Sarah Doughty

I said I’d be your wings,
so you hired a flat-felled seamstress
who
topstitched me to your back.

Save me, you say
when jumping off bridges.

And this is my penance,
or hoping you would thrive —
not take risks with your life.

But yet, there you are,
jumping with blind faith
that I will keep you from
landing at Death’s door.
Literally.

I’m sorry, I say
when I realize I have failed you.
Stanzas 1&2 © Kindra M. Austin

Stanzas 3-5 © Sarah Doughty


Kindra M. Austin is an indie author (her books can be found here, a founding member of Indie Blu(e), and a writer/managing editor at Sudden Denouement, Blood Into Ink, and Whisper and the Roar. A Sagittarius Valkyrie from the state of Michigan, she likes craft beer, and classic big block muscle cars. You can find her filing through the souls of the slain at poems and paragraphs.

Sarah Doughty is the tingling wonder-voice behind Heartstring Eulogies. She’s also the author of The Silence Between Moonbeams, her poetry chapbook, and the acclaimed novels and novellas of the Earthen Witch Universe. Good news, they’re all offered for free, right here! To learn more about how awesome Sarah is, check out her website, stalk her on Goodreads, or both.

 

Author: Sudden Denouement

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22 thoughts on “Penance- Kindra M. Austin and Sarah Doughty”

  1. Thank you for giving our words a place to call home. This piece wasn’t easy to write, but necessary, I believe. We try to save people when we realize they need it, but we don’t always succeed. Maybe, if we’re lucky, we will save a life.

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  2. Kindra & Sarah, this one hits a special place. I used to work in on-call crisis, a job that often felt like being those stitched on wings. I believe I never lost a client who gave me a fighting chance, but some didn’t. Thank you both for expressing this so beautifully.

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    1. I can understand the level of stress such a job can put on a person. It’s already difficult as it is to be the first point of contact for many in need of help. I do try, but I know it’s ultimately not in my hands. Thank you for the kind words on this piece. It really resonated with both Kindra and I.

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