Illustrated by Jesse Orense

Strong

By Jessica Orense

You don't have to build up walls to stay strong.

Break them down.

Open the door.

Strength lies in the open field.

It blooms next to vulnerability.

Delicate and naked.

But a fairy's wings don't lift her up if covered and hidden away.

Reach out toward the endless sea and find another like you.

Links stretching far and wide keeps us together.

An unbreakable chain to withstand the storm.

Linked through pain, through joy and through life.

No one is alone.

The chain is strong but delicate as well.

Links can be broken and whither away.

Until a single thread is left.

Weak and faint, almost undetectable.

But look far from the sky and see the big picture.

Every link, every thread makes a web.