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The Eclectic Pen - Exposure

By: Claudia (BrokenWing)   + 21 more  
Date Submitted: 2/9/2007
Last Updated: 2/14/2007
Genre: Literature & Fiction » Poetry
Words: 213

  For years I fortified the fortress around my heart,
reinforced the battlements,
and posted armed sentries at the entrance,
not knowing that keeping away hurt and rejection also kept away love.

I'm so weary of being alone now and pretending to need no one,
So tired of pretending to be courageous.

Are you strong enough to scale the battlements,
storm the citadel,
and batter my defenses
until I let you in?

If I tell you my hopes, dreams, and fears
will you understand
or think me foolish?

If I allow you a glimpse of my shattered soul,
will you be gentle and patient
enough to chase away the dark shadows,
or will you recoil?

If I stand before you in the light -- naked, trembling,
will you take me in your arms and love me
or will you laugh and think me too plump in places?

If I allow you to see the hurt little girl
with tears in her eyes,
will you comfort her
or will you turn away?

If I let you see the pain in my eyes,
will you heal me
or push me away?

You see,
I don't give my heart easily, but once given,
it's completely and forever;
I need to know if I can trust you with my heart

If I give myself to you completely,
holding nothing back,
Are you man enough to love me as I am?
Am I woman enough to let you?

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Alan (arkrebel) - - 2/10/2007 3:51 AM ET
Very good Claudia, and yes, I see obvious similiarities in theme to "Quiet Desperation". Great minds think alike ;-)
Sherry H. (volgal) - 2/14/2007 12:18 PM ET
I liked it!
Marta J. (booksnob) - 2/15/2007 4:58 PM ET
A little too reminiscent of Sting's song lyric...(which I really love).
Claudia (BrokenWing) - 2/16/2007 8:59 AM ET
which Sting song lyric? I also love Sting, but don't get the connection.
Gussie R. (gussie) - 8/11/2009 5:03 PM ET
that was really awesome i liked it alot
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