Scars do not protect a heart

Old wounds are oft renewed

Like battered brow of boxer

Gloved till blood is spewed


Safety cannot be erected

Like the building of a fence

Pain cannot be deflected

By wishes or vain pretense


No matter how you try

Making your heart hardened

There is always a bit of risk

And failure goes unpardoned


Yet, we spurn the tacit pain

That may well there await

And the risks we gladly take

We barely contemplate


A heart so bloodied and beaten

Not as defeated as it seems

Enters the ring to face each fight

For the love dreamed in its dreams


12 Responses to “Unprotected”
  1. beth says:

    I think that the heart never gives up trying

  2. kristianw84 says:

    I think it’s courageous to remain soft-hearted in a hard world!

  3. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    We are all full of scars, and with the knowledge that time erases them. The boxer is a fab analysis and the poem was smashing!
    All the best,

  4. I have mixed feelings about your message, but the poetry was excellent!

  5. petespringerauthor says:

    Making ourselves vulnerable is part of joy vs. pain. It’s a risk worth taking.

  6. Jim Borden says:

    what doesn’t kill the heart makes it stronger…

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