by Emma Kliethermes

Two sides of a single coin
flipping, flying, fighting
to land on top;
and prevail.
I have light.
I have darkness.
I am gentle.
I am fierce.
I am weak.
I am strong.
I love.
I hate.
I strive to be good.
I crave evil.
I am compassionate.
I am cruel.
I will fly.
I will fight.
I give in.
I survive.
I am clarity.
I am insanity.
I am calm.
I am the storm.
I am melody.
I am silence.
I am free.
I am caged.
I am the angel.
I am the demon.

Two halves locked in an endless dance;
pushing and pulling – always changing who
leads and who follows. There is
a battle within me, but there
is also balance.


Emma Kliethermes is completing her final year of undergraduate education, majoring in Secondary Education with an emphasis in English. She has had a short story published and a variety of poems published, both in print and online.