Getting through Winter: the formula.

By Monica C. Voskamp It doesn't take too much work to make your life a lot better. My brother tells me this concept often. And I know it. And... I forget it. That's why I'm here reminding you, because we often forget the most important things. A little bit of effort continually leads to a [...]


Poetry: Locked in the Grey.

By Monica C. Voskamp   I lost my soul in another place. The place inside me that was once sunshine Has been taken from me. My soul is lost in another place.   It's a grey world here. I don't know sunshine no more. Colors don't exist, In the city I reside. I lost my [...]

The Void, the Voice.

By Monica C. Voskamp   the Void inside. such a deep dark hole. a bottomless pit. who could, who has escaped it?   the Voice inside. such a persistent thing. it calls me names. it tells me lies. it keeps on, keeps on echoing.   the Void. the Voice. my soul begs to be released. [...]

Bell Let’s Talk: the alien blood DNA.

By Monica C. Voskamp Bell Let's Talk Day. The irony is I don't want to talk. I don't want to talk about the awful days, the dark days. Do people really want to know that? I'm sure it'd be an interesting read...but it's more than that. Its my REALITY, and many others. It's a read [...]

When Scars become Beautiful.

**Trigger Warning** By Monica C. Voskamp 6 years ago, I held a sharp blade in my fingers. It was a tiny orange paper cutter blade. The slice was narrow, red. The first cut into my skin was jagged; I had pulled the blade with hesitation. I can still see the skin breaking. Scared to go [...]

When Strength meets Broken

By Monica C. Voskamp Suicide. The epitome of broken, when depression is the winner. “Your illness does not define you. Your strength and courage does.” This can replace the word illness with: Struggle. Trial. Temptation. Financial crisis. Disappointment. Heartache. Loss. Unspoken pain. Unseen battles. They don't define you.  Whatever ‘demon’ is overwhelming you today, [...]