One Day

My lungs were gills once,

And my hands held swords;

My heart was small once,

And afraid of pain;

Unable to forgive or heal

Even a superficial cut,

It hid inside a cage

Without a key

/

My hair was short once

And my eyes were grey;

My wings were covered

With thick, heavy layers

Of dust and fears

Not to be shaken off,

So like a hunchback

I would walk half-bent;

/

I met the God of Time

One day, and this

He said to me:

‘Don’t be afraid:

‘Breathe in your days

With a full chest,

And drop the swords you hold –

For they will not protect

/

You from your enemy –

Yourself;

With your free hands

Release your heart and watch

The bruises disappear,

As love and courage grow;

Straighten your back

And use your gift ā€“ your wings

/

To soar higher

Than you believed you’d dare;

Time is too short –

I know of what I speak –

Let flow your hair of gold,

Let shine your silver eyes,

For when we meet again

I want

/

To see a woman,

Smiling,

When it’s time to say

Good-bye

10 thoughts on “One Day

  1. Just did the re-read to compare ~ yes – this one seems to be healing through ‘opening of heart’ – -vs- “Without Weakness” ~ as we said – which is more of a “survival” but perhaps with an edge of anger… I agree “One Day” approaches it from a healthier place ~ a place of “releasing” anger rather than guarding hurt…. Very excellent work – thank you! ~ xRobyn

    1. Thank you for taking the time to compare the two poems and the two speakers’ different approaches to overcoming a difficult situation and healing! I agree with you in that the speaker here, in One Day, has the healthier, wiser approach of the two. In my opinion, it also takes a lot more courage to keep an open heart than to turn it into ‘a rock that can’t be broken’.

      1. I agree – but also think the open heart is what makes life worth living in many ways — to feel is to live… The rock that can’t be broken is becoming numb ~ can’t be fun right? ~ coming from a pretty sensitive soul place here — but I know you understand. šŸ™‚ Much Love ~ R

      2. I hope I understand :)! It can’t be fun to be numb, no; we must give love to receive it. Sometimes, however, all one would receive in return for their gifts would be a painful blow, but one must be strong enough to take it, recover, and keep giving others what they need without expecting too much in return, Much love to you, too, and thank you for the interesting comments!

      3. yes – you did hit on something very key here…. expectations… we can’t have these or we do get our share of very painful blows… so i suppose it is having an open heart ~ with no expectations that is key? Thank you for this introspective exchange today ~ enjoyed it – Love to you ! Robyn

  2. Ah, yes! The expectations – we would not be disappointed in others if they would give us what we feel they should. No one benefits by having high expectations of anyone but oneself. Many thanks again for the great ‘chat’, Robyn! Let’s do this again sometime :)!

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