I finally decided to illustrate a poem & blog post I wrote about six months ago: http://survivorscanthrive.blogspot.com/2009/03/doormat-no-more.html

Doormat No More

I have always
been a doormat.

But, the dirt
that's been scraped
on me
from the throng
of careless boots
seems to have contained
a few viable seeds.

My once barren mat
now sprouts
seedlings of assertiveness.
At first, only
tentative, tender shoots
barely poke through
the trampled earth.

Then, saplings of self-respect
reach for the sun:
boundaries, affirmations and
the ability to say "no."

I am growing
firm, bold
hybrids of strength
into a mighty grove
of confidence.

Copyright 2009, Marj McCabe ~ All rights reserved.
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