When by Michelle Strawberry Heymann


I judge myself deeply, harshly –

don’t allow courtesy given others, thoughtless

tortured by tumultuous thoughts, ticking

driving negativity nails through, aching

begging, the merciless obsession eradicated, relentless

screaming behind frozen stare, scared

floods back like recoiling toes from cold water, endless

forgiveness, permission – breathe and be, redemption






Michelle “Strawberry” Heymann is graduating Antioch  University Winter 2011, with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Creative Writing. Michelle has spent the  past 10 years working in the field of Chemical Dependency Treatment.  In 2007 she opened Casa Bella Sober Living  with Fiona Ray. This is her first time being  published.