is slowly chiselled
in the hardness of my heart
each stroke hurts
with each tap I lose something
something I was holding onto
something I thought I needed
but when done
I see again the flesh
that was under the stone
and I understand

Jodie McCarthy

About Jodie McCarthy

Jodie is a full time mother, part-time writer and sometime poet. As a third culture kid she lived in Europe and Asia for ten years. While now living happily in Perth with her husband and two daughters, the travel bug has never left her. She writes about the journey of life: the beautiful; the painful; the everyday; and the mundane. She has a heart for encouraging others wherever they are on their journey. On the days when she is not writing you will find her in her kitchen, usually licking the beaters from a chocolate cake. You can follow her journey at