Thin as Thin

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Translucent, thin as thin,

my skin barely covers the vital parts, the vulnerable places.

Tough as nails is truly strong, but nails pierce and punctures bleed;

so in the livelong days, would I be happier to be the punctured or to be the wounder, the bleed maker, the heart tearer?

Clear, thin as thin,

no camouflage, just being as I am, but not quite fashioned for the real world, for the opinion makers, the soul carvers, the kamikaze critiquers.

Blood red heart, salt poured tears, heaving breaths are laid open to those who speak daggers without thinking

to the, oh, so thin skinned.

About apronheadlilly

wife and mother, musician, composer / poet, teacher, and observer of the world, flawed Christ-follower
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9 Responses to Thin as Thin

  1. Lindy Lee says:

    Yes, sticks & stones can break your bones & words can also hurt you…

  2. Reblogged this on A p r o n h e a d — Lilly and commented:

    ************a recycled verse

  3. Starralee says:

    It’s tough being thin-skinned, and some people think we can just “snap out of it”, others think it’s a matter of God healing us….the worst of it is that the thin-skinned have often learned to be rather biting in their words–“hurt people, hurt people”. I think I’m rambling….

    • 🙂 Ramble on. Tough being thin-skinned. Rather oxymoronic. One of my FB friends made a comment today about the hurt in silences. Words can be cutting but so can silences when the heart yells loud just the same. It is hard to surrender these ugly parts of human nature to the Lord.

      • Starralee says:

        Oxymoronic to be sure! And I agree with your friend about silences–I had a mother who had 2 speeds, icy silence and sharp biting barbed words. Not fun–so I’m trying to unlearn the ugly stuff I inherited, by walking in His Grace (I cringe whenever I hear myself hurt someone).

        • It’s hard when you can’t take it back. That’s why I wonder about the wisdom of Twitter where a person can run at the mouth without thinking.

        • Starralee says:

          My sentiments exactly–Twitter is not something I want to be involved with. I think the young folks don’t stop and think about consequences to their smart-mouthed teasing–they seem to think everyone should just “get over themselves”. But words have a way of sticking with us–and believe me, there’s at least a wagon load I wish I could take back–but it’s too late, and sometimes a sincere apology is just not enough to undo the damage, I’ve found.

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