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 writer, speaker, poet and mother. An unashamed words girl who writes to process the myriad of experiences of life. In her writing and on her blog she investigates the journey of life: the beautiful; the painful; the everyday; and the mundane. She has a heart for encouraging women on their life journey, particularly when that journey traverses the harder places of grief and pain. 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 find her books and follow her journey at