Breaking Is Freeing

This poem resonates with me in many ways. I’ve never felt so broken, but so real.

~Spoken by Alike (Adepero Oduye) in Pariah
Written by Dee Rees

Heartbreak opens onto the sunrise
For even breaking is opening
And I am broken
I’m open
Broken to the new light without pushing in
Open to the possibilities within, pushing out
See the love shine in through my cracks?
See the light shine out through me?
I am broken
I am open
I am broken open
See the love light shining through me
Shining through my cracks
Through the gaps
My spirit takes journey
My spirit takes flight
Could not have risen otherwise
And I am not running
I’m choosing
Running is not a choice from the breaking
Breaking is freeing
Broken is freedom
I am not broken
I’m free.

Published on Apr 16, 2012

17-year-old Alike, who lives with her family in Brooklyn, is quietly embracing her identity as a lesbian. Wondering how much she can confide in her family, Alike strives to get through adolescence with grace and tenacity. – © 2010 PARIAH FEATURE LLC, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. © 2012 Universal Studios.

If you find yourself in a bad place please reach out to a safe person. If you know someone who could use a listener, let them know you’re there no matter what you have to do.

Where to get help:

1. Kids Help Phone: Call 1-800-668-6868 or visit for online chat counselling.

2. Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention: Find a 24-hour crisis centre here.

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