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Her Unshielding (Poem)

Be kind to you~

Her Unshielding

She beat herself up

From her weight to her toes

From the size of her thighs

To the shape of her nose-

And on her walk home

When she was alone

She’d talk to herself

In the harshest of tones-

She could never enjoy

All the good that she had

For she spent all her thoughts

On how she was bad-

She woke up one day

Overwhelmed with her stress

And cried out for help

For her life was a mess-

And though it sounds strange

Even hard to believe

As soon as she asked

She began to receive-

Her thoughts began shifting

From her mind to her heart

She worked through her pain

With music and art-

And though it took time

The young woman healed

For she opened to love

When she let go her shield~

Jen Reich

Phoenix, AZ 7-13-14

Jen Reich

Jennifer (Jen) Reich PhD, MA, RN, NC-BC is a poet, storyteller and nurse.

Jen is a board certified nurse coach and adjunct clinical assistant professor at The University of Arizona College of Nursing.  Jen received her PhD in Nursing from The University of Arizona in 2011.

Jen’s passion is exploring healing through poetry & story. Her dissertation topic explores the role of story in the healing and wellbeing of professional registered nurses. She is published in several journals and book chapters and is the author of three books of poetry. She blogs daily at

Jen believes that poetry and the creative arts are transformative tools for healing. She aspires to help others use their creative potential to create positive change at the local and global level.

For more information, please visit Poetry Not Poverty
This Post Has 20 Comments
  1. I love reading Jen Reich poetry. She is amazing and her work is truly inspiring, beautiful and she is so talented.

  2. I love Jen’s poetry; it empowers me to remember how powerful I am when I embrace myself fully!! This way, I can in turn empower the world 🙂

  3. What a wonderful piece!! I believe we all have been there at some time in our lives. ….very empowering…
    Thank you

  4. Jen Reich is an amazing women, who writes inspiring and soul connecting poetry. I read her poetry everyday on her facebook page Poetry not Poverty.
    Congratulations Jen!!

  5. This is just what I needed to read at the end of a long and challenging day. Thank you, Jen, for sharing and caring!

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