Vulnerability

It is a stretch

For me to

Reach out across

This shifting distance

This shaky ground

Hand extended

Toward you


It is a reach

Across a deep chasm

For me to say

Out loud

Even in a whisper

I need

I want


I do not like

To need

To want

To admit to any

Vulnerability

Any Achilles heel


My rigid armor

This titanium shell

Shields

And isolates

Protects

And separates


To remain

In this self-imposed exile

Leaves me

At the bottom of

A well of loneliness

That no rope of any length

Can reach


My breathing

Is loud

It echoes

The darkness is

A presence with

Texture here


But to emerge

Holding my bleeding heart

My naked soul exposed

Its edges fluttering

In this icy wind

Is a risk

That shakes me to the core


This is the rock

And the hard place

 

 

12 thoughts on “Vulnerability

  1. What a wonderful piece! I felt every word with poignancy. “The darkness is/A presence with/Texture here” and “This is the rock/And the hard place” – these lines were powerful. Thank you for having the strength to show your vulnerability in your words. I appreciate your forthright style.

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