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Your Mindset

© more by Leeza Jayde

Published by Family Friend Poems January 2022 with permission of the Author.

I am broken
don’t tell me that
I am healing

I am weak
don’t tell me that
I am strong

I am empty
don’t tell me that
My heart is slowly filling

(now read this poem in reverse)


Leeza Jayde von Alpen is a South Australian poet and young adult writer. She started writing at the highly imaginative age of six and never stopped. Leeza is also a passionate English and History high school teacher and the head of English Faculty at her college. When she isn’t mouthing help from beneath a mountain of essays yet to be marked, she is also an animated creative writing workshop presenter and an amateur astronomer who seeks adventure in every unexplored nook and cranny she can find. Her long awaited collection of poems, 'While We're Here' (August 2021), explores moving and meaningful themes, such as love's beautiful and difficult truths, the raw reality of trauma, healing, hope, feminism, and life's ephemeral nature.

You can find her on Instagram under @leezajaydepoetry or buried in tea-stained paperbacks by the sea.


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