I see bravery in the most unexpected of places. I see it in a child, barely eleven years old, crouching in the playground, hand outstretched, reaching out to a girl lying red and tearstained on the ground. I see it in the boy who sits at the back of the classroom. His classmates mock him and throw things. It’s sometimes hard to tell what hurts him more; the sharp sting of pencil lead piercing his flesh or the harsh words that make his feeble frame tremble like a thumping heart. Fearlessness comes in other forms too; a man in khakis leaning down to kiss his children on their heads, not knowing if this is the last time he’ll look into their eyes. a teenage girl crumpled on her bed like a broken doll, mascara running down her face in a wave of black. She bites her lip, clutching her phone so tightly her knuckles turn white. then she takes a breath, then another and another and gets up, scrubbing her face with a dirty sleeve. With fearlessness often comes defiance, like in the two girls who walk down the street, grasping each other’s sweaty hands. Their fear is almost tangible, but they lift their chins and look directly into the eyes of the world, daring it to speak. Across the world, a child is crying. Its mother is trying desperately to silence it, but nothing will stop the terrified wails wavering from the depths of a worn blanket. She is only young, and the baby was not her choice, but the moment he opened his eyes, she knew she would trade her life for him in an instant. And she might have to, if his cries are heard by the soldiers swarming the street like ants over rotting fruit, sucking the life and wealth from the earth. Still, she closes her eyes, and rocks him in her arms. The shouts of the soldiers get closer, and she murmurs a prayer under her breath. But the fearlessness that surprises me most is in those at the end of their journey. The frail, the old, the sick, the weak. They know that they are nearing the end, and yet they lean back and close their eyes, like they are only sleeping, swap smiles with their loved ones, share a last word of wisdom or wit. Humankind is, on the whole, a cowardly race, too prone to fighting wars over petty problems, naming themselves warriors and kings, smothering themselves in glory like bears with fresh honey, boasting bravery and courage and strength. But those who walk upstream, pushing against the ebb and flow, turning the tide drip by drip, are the true warriors. And have fearlessness inside them that makes them kings and queens a thousand times over. Bravery is found in the most unexpected of places.
Help me feel at home. In a world where I am a stranger. At home. Relaxed. At ease in my mind, help me feel at peace. In a world where I am a traveller. A plane in the sky, help me feel free. In a world where I am an angel. Help me stay alive. In a place where I am able, help me. Gain power, a tycoon in a tower, help. Me stretch my knowledge, help me. In a fairground where I am an adult. Help me find my ride, in the sea. Where I am drowning, help. My mind, in a mixture, a confusion. Help me in a plan. In a time. Help. My tears. The help. Me in. Where I. No not. In a flame. Burning. Burning. Burnt in a world. Where I am alone.
Help me feel at home.
A trail of sins chained to me, I search for thee in my call to repent, Towards the chapel - my hand the key To inner awareness I’ve ascent.
What lies ahead in the unknown abyss, Apprehension drawn from my body as I am blessed, I look to you - am I ready for this? You urge me to follow and continue the quest For father, thou art my saviour, Through times of uncertainty, secure as monarch to throne And like a soldier decorated in armour, You’ll fight for my freedom until your gravestone.
In your presence I am fearless, For I know I may be weak - yet you make me strong As even through times of loss or illness, You shelter me from the storm and empower me to belong.
Eternally you are by my side, Every hidden sacrifice, Through it all you stride bravely and guide Me to safer shores that thou deem shall suffice.
'He will never leave you, nor forsake you’ As true as deuteronomy speaks ‘do not be afraid; do not be discouraged’ For he shall protect those that seek.
In your presence I am fearless, For through all weathers I have known I am not alone in the vast orbiting stillness, as thou shall nurture and teach me until I am grown.
Each year I light a candle to your ascension And closely watch the warmth of the flame fill the room, Its body’s lively allegro catching attention Alike the risen from the tomb.
After eighteen years I vow to thee, From my family one is now parted For you loosened the chains guiding me, Now I shall disembark courageous and stout-hearted.
In your presence I am fearless, Yet in your absence thou art still with me For in every step I see your faithfulness And know it is time to be set free.
In your presence I am fearless, For through the years you have taught your vower. In your absence I shall be fearless, For you have given me a spirit of power.
The snow falls like an afterthought. Church shoes struggle for grip on frozen ground and Crimson lips stand bold against ashen faces. Grief has donned a thick black coat and a pair of red rimmed eyes.
He takes his place among the mourners, Standing to attention in the slow procession. The air around him tastes like ashes. Chapped fingers curl inside thin gloves, A memory falls loose from their grip.
The battered black box is a weight on grieving shoulders. New hands will take this from them, Pushing back the veil of winter And seal with a summer’s kiss. The bell will toll.
The casket carried, the burden buried. Weak sun will wash the tear stains from their faces. And soon, There will be nothing left of the one they buried ‘Side the bluebells that grow at his feet.
A painter creates her life upon her canvas she has no secrets, for they are all laid out in swirls of arching colours gracefully blossoming across the paper
Untouchable beauty and scenes of happiness Preserved within paper That complete her
Through paintbrush she feels Laughter and tears And all in-between Created, built and left to dry
Each day she feels Filling her life with meaning Paint and memories A life fulfilled
And she is finished Paintbrushes banished locked in their boxes For creating life- another day
But the picture will stand there Years on untouched Fading at the corners alone gathering dust
A painter leaves her life upon her canvas she has no secrets left to lay out- Turns her back on the colours Thoughtlessly floating back to her life
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These moments are now laced with a longing For more of the same old. And in these barren winds sway, The wild grasses of a month without sun. Over the moors lay your absence, Rolling under horizon after horizon. With these hands I could christen you, But the sunsets churn out shadows, And each one holds me and asks for a dance. Until my hands bear the mark Of arching waltzes dissolved in rain, Because I’m dancing around the sun rays, Chasing these soulful nights.
Over the hill stands a flower. Dropping hours through its hourglass. And gently, the winds pluck it away, Slip away petal by petal. Sway through the sun. Dance into the grasses. Pull apart the seconds.
Help me weave these moments, Into reeds by a lake. And watch me as I wade through shallows, Towards the emptiness of the sky’s flaws. Watch the petals cry into the water. Lean away from this echoed longing.
Watch the grasses linger in sorrow.
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Can you let me hold your hand,
as I step over this threshold?
And will you promise to walk beside me
while I knit apart my skin from these scraps of thought?
When the only memory that this world has of me is stone,
will you wash the moss from my grave?
And if I return someday,
will you be there?
Will you still sing my song to the birds,
still water my sunflowers,
still sew my horizons to the night?
If I am blind and weak,
would you carry me through the pain,
would you carry me until I can breathe?
Once my bones have scattered in circles,
do I have your word that you’ll rescue my soul from the ashes?
Do I have your word that you’ll stand as the last pillar,
the last smile in the flames,
the last beat of time,
and hold me?
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