I see behind the defenses you’ve built
The roles you’ve assumed in this life.
I see the suffering you have carried.
The nights where you were lying in bed
by the monster in your dream
If I peer a little closer
I see the terror that still takes over
when you think of
letting your well-polished armor down
If exposing your heart would
become the biggest blessing
or last mistake.
When you take small steps toward me
telling me a secret
shedding a tear
exposing a fear
I hold them like a jewel
And I will guard them with all I’ve got
You will learn
That you are safe
I am safe.
The world is still frightful
but we can weather it
I will continue gathering
the jewels of your experience
placing them carefully in safe of
Polishing your armor when you need it
and wielding a sword on your behalf.
you will set aside your arms
& I will welcome you
(c) Lisa Vallejos, 2014