Margarita Tartakovsky

Margarita Tartakovsky is an associate editor at PsychCentral.com. There, she pens pieces on psychology and mental health — everything from anxiety and ADHD to creativity and couples. She also writes Weightless, a blog that focuses on fostering a fulfilling body image and life, at every size, shape and weight.

Learn more about Margarita at her website: margaritatartakovsky.com


Warrior Lily

Some days you are a warrior

Proud, solid like an oak

Feet on a park swing

Knees bent, swinging to the sky.


Other days a mouse fleeing from a snake

A child scolded, a lily wilting in the sun

Trading in your weaponry for shackles

Slipping into clothing

Three sizes too small.


Two disparate sides

Two seemingly different people

Yet you are both

Have been since birth.


When you feel like a shard of glass



Even then

You are a warrior

Knees bent, swinging breathlessly

like you did as a child.

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@Maya Thank you so much, Maya! And thank you for helping me see what this poem needed. I really appreciate your support and encouragement.


@Riesah I’m happy my poem resonated with you and gave you clarity. Thank you for commenting!


Beautiful, Margarita. And I love the repetition of “Remember” – like you knew to remind us to get quiet with this thought that our wholeness is built on our complexity. So happy to see you on Bentlily!


Reading this I hear and feel the echo of a conversation just completed only moments ago, when the healing of a stubbed toe put a halt to our friendship. Thank you for putting it all into the perfect words for this moment. I shall share them with her.


@Anna Guest-Jelley Anna, thank you soo much for your sweet words! It makes me really happy to know that my words resonated with you. I can’t thank you enough. :) Really.


Oh, wow — I felt such beautiful permission, relief and release after reading this. Thank you, thank you for the reminder to come back in wholeness.


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