Sunday, October 21, 2012

Poem Submission #23 "The Strength That Lies Within Me"



The Strength That Lies Within Me


You see me
You have no idea the strength that lies within me.

You see my eyes
You know not the buckets my tears have filled.

You see my hair
You do not know the strands pulled out in fights.

You see my ears
You cannot fathom the insults it’s heard.

You see my lips
You know not the lies I’ve told to survive.

You see my cheeks
You know not the bone breaking slaps received.

You see my face
You know not the half of what I’ve been through.

You see my hands
You know not the tedious work I had to do.

You see my shoulders
You do not know the load carried on it.

You see my figure
You see not the hidden wounds under my clothes.

You see my arms
You know not the dead I’ve carried in them.

You see my belly
You see it flat, but not the agonizing pain.

You see my hips
You do not know the abuse it hides.

You see my legs
You know not the miles I’ve walked.

You see my feet
You know not the dirt it’s muddled through.

You hear my heart beat
You do not feel the pain choking it.

You see me
You have no idea the strength that lies within me.

My eyes, my smile, my beauty you see
But you have no idea the strength that lies within me.

By: Eunice

 *Written about a woman living with HIV

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