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Five Minute Friday | Tell

Today I’m linking in to Five Minute Friday hosted by Kate Motaung. This was written in 5 minutes.

That’s what she heard
And she acted
There was no time to waste.

The word was not a request
It was not an order either
It was an urging.

So she began to tell
Of the horrors she had undergone
The torture she endured
How deep her wounds were
And how hard it was to heal.

That’s what she needed to do
To begin the process of healing
To acknowledge her worth
To start to realize her potential.

She told of her dreams
Her vision for the world
The longings of her heart
The deep passion she had hidden.

And she began to speak
Shaky at first
Then her words flowed
She spoke without hesitation
Knowing that she was understood
Realizing that she was valued.

And her telling began to count
People sat up and took notice
Some found her voice echoed their own feelings
Some were inspired
Others felt uncomfortable
But she had to tell
She had to speak
She had to voice her truth.


speak your truth

I’m currently reading Secrets and Lies: Surviving the Truths That Change Our Lives


  1. Shilpa Garg Shilpa Garg August 17, 2014

    So thought-provoking and powerful. Yes, we must speak our truth, even if our voice shakes! ♥

  2. Martha Orlando Martha Orlando August 17, 2014

    In five minutes? Really? That’s one of the most profound five minutes I’ve ever encountered, Corinne! Thanks for reminding us to tell, even when our voices are shaky.
    Love and blessings!

  3. Bethany Bethany August 17, 2014

    So glad you find this through my blog! I just LOVE Five Minute Fridays. They are so much fun. They center my writing in ways that it lacks depth when I spend too much time on a post. And the community is just great. Loved this post. It really evoked emotions in me. Great job!

  4. Stephanie Rose Bird Stephanie Rose Bird August 16, 2014

    Corrine, that was amazing! Such a great rhythm, it comes across almost like a chant. We all must tell. This was so well rendered and shaped. I can’t believe you did it so quickly.

  5. Inderpreet Kaur Uppal Inderpreet Kaur Uppal August 16, 2014

    I agree with Vidya. It needs to be made into a poster. Beautifully expressed. Expressing the Truth is like a flow of water. It cleanses.

  6. Rajlakshmi Rajlakshmi August 16, 2014

    Beautiful and powerful write. The stories need to be told and heard and acted upon.

  7. Vidya Sury Vidya Sury August 16, 2014

    That’s a printable, Corinne! ♥

    Thank you – it is a lovely read.

  8. Suzy Suzy August 16, 2014

    Eventually the ones who resonate with you will be around you. So yes, voice your truth. So well written Corinne, as always.

  9. Beloo Mehra Beloo Mehra August 16, 2014

    So provocative! Loved the flow and the feeling and meaning behind the flow of these words. Beautiful.

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