The Beautiful Strength In Weakness

There are so few things
For which I ever ask
Of anyone.

Self-sufficiency,

Self-reliance,

Independence…

Have always been
My hallmarks of strength.

Never,
Never,

Did I want to feel like
I was a burden.

“Cowboy up.”

“Suck it up.”

“Deal with it,”

All,
Direct orders that
My heart could
Quote from memory.

And…

“Never let them see you fail,”

“Never let them see weakness.”

Just more of the same.

The same facade,

My facade.

But on this fall evening,
With you,

My reality,

And my facade,

Are having a reckoning
With my heart.

My emotional armour,
It turns out,
Isn’t so strong afterall.

And that sense
Of self-reliance,
Proved utterly frail as well.

And now

In my emotional nakedness,

The pain of a lifetime
Of loneliness
Is welling up,
And spilling from me.

I need so badly,

So badly,

To be held.

I need so badly

So badly

To find safety.

And with your arms
Around me,

And with your love
Drying my tears,

My heart has been opened
To the wonder of your grace,

The brightness of your light,

And the healing of your encouragement.

All,
Making me realize
The peace
That awaits…

When I let down
Those walls,

And let you in,

To build me back up,

And make me whole again.

Showing so clearly,

The power in
Sharing my heart and

The beautiful strength,

The beautiful strength
In weakness.

© 2018 W. C. Stacia, Jr.

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33 thoughts on “The Beautiful Strength In Weakness

  1. I love the delth in this Bill. Yes, strength in weakness. It iis so trye

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    1. Thank you so much Lorraine! I’m so glad that you enjoyed it!!

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    1. Thanks Dorothy!! I’m so glad that you enjoyed it!

      🙂 !!

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      1. Well, the feeling is mutual then!!

        🙂 !!

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  2. Being sensitive is not synonymous with weakness, on the contrary, it is much more empathetic with other people and is more creative something that will play in your favor always … You have to learn to love yourself and let others love you…

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    1. I so agree Mamen!! Thank you so much for your thoughts!!

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  3. To be able to show our vulnerabilities takes strength and I love that you ended your poem with a reminder that there’s beauty in that. Really beautiful poem about surrendering to love, Bill!

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    1. Thank you Brandi…and I agree. I spent so many years in the military training myself to do just the opposite. Now, these words have a chance to be set free!

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      1. Well, I say set them free my friend! There’s nothing more liberating than sharing what’s inside your heart. 🙂

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      2. So agree…and that’s what I intend to do.

        Life is short…

        We must savor it.

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  4. Love this !!

    And I can so much relate to this.. I thought it was better to be tough and not show my feelings . but I’m finally realizing I need to be more open and that it is ok to share my feelings. That it isn’t a weakness..

    You hit this one spot on.

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    1. Thanks Jamie…I’m so happy that you liked it and the words were meaningful.

      Hope you have a wonderful evening!

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      1. I thought it was great !!

        Hope you have a great evening as well !!

        😊

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  5. Vulnerability and love: exactly what two people need. ❤

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    1. That, Chelsea, is such a beautiful way to put it!!

      Thank you!!

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  6. You have an incredible ability to be so vulnerable in the things you write. It would be wonderful if you were this way with the women you love 🤗 I’ll bet you are

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    1. Thanks EC!!

      Let’s just say that I do the best I can…to me, it is terribly important.

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  7. Yes. There is in fact a strength to being ‘weak’ and vulnerable. Two are stronger than one. Gorgeous poem Bill.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it Tara…and I agree with you!

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  8. strength in weakness is very powerful

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  9. Bill, I love this poem!!!!!

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    1. I’m so glad!!! Thank you for the thoughts Susan!!!

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