“A Life-Giving IMessage Thread” – by Alex Cox

March 18, 2022

A life-giving iMessage thread

breathes an abundance of 

care,

healing, 

friendship

into truly hollow shells 

formed by 

layers of unresolved trauma.

Daily resignations of 

nature, poetry,

quitting, beginning, boundaries. 

Affirmations of 

goodness, 

pleasure, 

skin on bodies. 

Revealing 

secrets, dreams, 

art, and tattoos. 

Hearts woven, rooted, 

with an abundance of origins 

like the kudzu surrounding 

the dense forest floor. 

For now, we hold the stories we tell each other, 

Take them in our arms, 

Carry the burdens, 

and hold doors for our queens.


Alex is a reader, teacher, and writer balancing life with autoimmune diseases while carving out spaces for creativity. She lives in Paris, Tennessee, with her husband and two sons. Alex teaches 9th grade English and Creative Writing. She is an Enneagram 3 who loves to put aside her to-do lists to read in her comfy chair.

You can find Alex on Instagram at @megahast.

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