Slings and Arrows

No fear of slings and arrows

Or body racked with pain

It will not keep me down for long

With time I rise again

Tho’ pierced and torn the flesh

Wounds burn like fire’s coal

Confined to an earthly body

They scar not the heavenly soul

Blood be spilled and around me lie

No words can veil the hurt

Left to harm the outer me

Unshaken is my worth

The bravery which does exude

In sacrificed life and limb

Is not found deep inside

Great strength less present within

My heart cannot withstand such strife

Like the body easily can

For things that harm the heart

Can kill the inner man

Here even the slightest cut

Will bring about the flood

A torrent of emotions

In place of flowing blood

Though these scars remain unseen

Their damage is truly done

The heart holds onto pain

Now scared to see the sun

No armor exists for heart so frail

No defense to stay the pain

So easily it’s wounded

Time and time again

Why do the words you speak

So hateful and so small

Plow their way right through me

Why do they hurt at all

The heart will survive in knowing

That life offers so much more

It may have lost this battle

But has yet to lose the war

Bring back but slings and arrows

Those pains I do not fear

But in your words be gentle

To my heart I hold so dear

10 Responses to “Slings and Arrows”
  1. meenawalia says:

    So true.. physical.pain though difficult to endure is still bearable but the wounds of the heart are the worse

  2. YBP says:

    Our hearts ….. so strong in so many ways, and yet so vulnerable.

    • Brad Osborne says:

      We try to protect them and give them away at the same time. Thank you for reading and commenting!

      • YBP says:

        Yes I agree Brad … such a delicate balance …. I’ve faced some challenges in the past …. I picked up the pieces of my heart ….. I honored myself by walking away when I knew the time was right …. I regrouped and regained my bearings ….. and I learned to “protect” my heart and eventually, when I rose from the ashes, I decided to love and give my sweet YES to my hubby …… 💕💕💕

      • Brad Osborne says:

        Nothing appreciates true love’s embrace more than the scarred and recovering heart! My love to both of you!

      • YBP says:

        Oh you said it so perfectly! Thanks Brad! ❤️

  3. Jim Borden says:

    as they say, sticks and stones… another fine job, Brad!

  4. kristianw84 says:

    This was so beautifully written & moving!! How true, wounds of the heart cut deeper than flesh. Well done!

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