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


16 Responses to “Unprotected”
  1. I liked the message of these words and agree whole-heartedly. They are even more true to those of us who have been taught that there is no such thing as failure, for we will re-enter the ring and face the blood and pain time and time again, until it kills us, rather than admit we have failed.

  2. beth says:

    never give up – well phrased

  3. Wonderful imagery and a great choice for comparison. Lovely work my friend.

  4. Jim Borden says:

    yes; all those scars and the pain and the failures allow us the opportunity to learn from them and to move forward…

  5. Harley Reborn says:

    I love this one and I don’t think you would be surprised to know it resonates 😘

  6. petespringerauthor says:

    This one is magical, Brad. Despite all of the hazards, we take the risk because the reward of finding that special someone is worth the peril.

  7. Powerful words. Brings to mind Julius Caesar’s “It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.”

  8. jonicaggiano says:

    Lovely full of great stanzas. Your work always makes me think Brad about the serious things in life. They are always full of meaning which I love. This stanza really got to me:
    “Safety cannot be erected
    Like the building of a fence
    Pain cannot be deflected
    By wishes or vain pretense – Sending you big hugs coming your way from NC from Jonikins xoxoxo

  9. kristianw84 says:

    I love this! Failure doesn’t exist in the trying! Very well said!

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