Guarded

Guarded

Wrapped in chains

created by bouts

of betrayal

Walls built high

and higher still

Overlooking a valley

of deluded dreams

and forgotten covenant

Sweat

Beads along brow

Never ending battle

Fear born of deception

Exhaustion from defense

Defense from pain

Pain from defense

 

Copyright ©  2018 Penny Wilson

 

*We work so hard at guarding ourselves against pain that we cause more pain in the process.   True, it doesn’t get in, but what else are we keeping out? 

About Penny Wilson Writes

Penny Wilson is a freelance writer who writes in several genres. She has written articles for WOW Women on Writing. Her poetry has been published in online journals, such as Ariel Chart, Spill Words Press and the Poppy Road Review. Penny is a member of the Austin Poetry Society. Her poetry has been featured in the publication America's Emerging Poets 2018 by Z Publishing and in the Poets Quarterly published by Prolific Press in Spring/2019. You can find more of her writings on her blog at https://pennywilsonwrites.com/ and follow her on Twitter @pennywilson123.
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8 Responses to Guarded

  1. This feels like something I could have written after my divorce…It really drew me in because I can relate to each point on such a deep level. Well done!!

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  2. Would love ever happen if we always guarded our hearts?

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  3. The imagery really does “come alive” –as it ironically points to the empty heart we reap if we build walls that perpetually keep others out.

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  4. Penny, this is fantastic! From the picture, to the poem, to the your question at the end, this is a spot-on post that really draws in and makes the reader question their own “thick skin and guarded heart”

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