Undress My Heart

Years, gauze-wrapped,
Layers upon layers,
Covering my scars,
Hiding heart’s wounds.

Commitment, broken badge,
Emotional, battle damage,
Unmistakable,
Unforgettable.

Unwilling,
Unable…

To live, again.

To trust, again.

To love, again.

But you,
With just one whisper,
One slender index finger,
Pressed to your lips,

Soft “shsssss…”

“I am here, now.”

“I am with you, now.”

My healing began.

Your blessing,
Spilling in my wonting ear.

Your eyes,
Granting me safe harbor.

Your gentle confidence,
Filling my wounded spirit.

Your fulsome grace,
Flowing through, my life, lonely.

Laminous years,
Insulated, wary,
My fortress,

Now crumbling.

Feeling’s foundry,
Solitude, my tempering,
Armor for my weakness,
Guarding,

Now melting.

So many wounds.
So many failures.
So many aches…

Hidden.
My façade,
My life’s lie,

Now surrendering to you.

Disarmed.

Longing…

Now ready,

Ready to bare my spirit,
Naked, willing to risk,
Ready to trust again.

Ready for you,
To take my hand,
And lead me to love.

Ready for the slow,
Delicate,
Sensitive,

Undressing of my heart.

© 2019 W. C. Stacia, Jr.

Revised from June 2018

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44 thoughts on “Undress My Heart

  1. Lovely line undressing of heart, fluid thoughts!

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    1. Thank you! So glad you’re back!

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      1. Thanks Bill, hope you have been well!

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  2. So vulnerable. So open. Beautifully written.

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    1. Thank you so much Dorothy! Really glad that you enjoyed it!

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      1. You’re welcome. I really did enjoy it Bill. Amazing as usual.

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      2. So very kind of you Dorothy. I really appreciate you!

        Hope you have a wonderful Friday evening!

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      3. I will do my best.
        And I hope your Friday evening is as pleasant as your writing. ❣

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      4. Oh…Dorothy. I as well…will do my best.

        Be safe and warm.

        🙂

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  3. Very very beautuful Bill

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    1. So kind of you Lorraine. Thank you!

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      1. You are welcome 😊

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  4. Beautiful !

    You always have the best last lines, it really ties the whole thing together perfectly!! 😊

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    1. Really appreciate you and your comments Jamie! Thank you!

      🙂

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      1. It’s my pleasure!!

        😊😊😊 !!!

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      2. 🙂 🙂 🙂 !!!

        Yes…you rock.

        You do.

        So many thanks for the support and inspiration!!

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      3. Thank you my friend!! You yourself are awesome!!

        Hope you’re having a wonderful night!

        😊😊😊 !!!

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      4. My night, now, is all the better knowing that I have your support and confidence.

        Thank you Jamie!!!!

        🙂 🙂 🙂 !!!!

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      5. I’m so glad!!

        😊😊😊 !!!

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      6. Just perfect my friend.

        Have a wonderful, warm and safe evening!

        🙂 🙂 🙂 !!!

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      7. Thank you Bill

        My evenings going good! We got a lot of snow here today, its been pretty chilly the last couple days. I’ve been keeping my wood stove cranking lol !

        😊😊😊 !!!

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      8. Awesome! Keep the wood stove stoked…and maybe you can take some photos tomorrow of your new snow fall!

        Just me, one of your fans begging for your work. It’s AWESOME!!

        Sorry.

        🙂 🙂 🙂 !!!

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      9. Lol! I will definitely try for sure!! Thank you so much !! You’re awesome!!

        I love taking pictures of the fresh snowfall.

        😊😊😊 !!!

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      10. You, my friend.

        ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        Just keep doing what you do.

        Just sayin’

        🙂 🙂 🙂 !!!!

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      11. Thanks so much my friend!! Same to you!!! And I most definitely will !!

        😊😊😊 !!!!

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it Mamen!!!

      To me…it was the perfect visual. A man, wounded, weak..

      Succumbing to the warmth, safety and grace of a special woman…there to save him, and rescue him.

      Just my thoughts.

      🙂 !!

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      1. It is really lovely that vision of you .. so romantic !! ..
        I would love to know who is the lucky one of your dream😉😊

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      2. The image that you capture in your verses represents for me the ideal man … strong but full of tenderness and sensitivity .. full of love😊

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  5. It’s such a scary feeling undressing our hearts for someone. Letting them see our vulnerability is never easy, but with the right person, it seems to come naturally, right?

    Love this so much, Bill. Really beautiful poem, my friend!

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    1. That…Brandi…was exactly the vulnerability that I sought. Letting that special person see us…all the scars, weakness, and pain.

      Yet…we succumb. We trust.

      We are willing to open ourselves to the reality of life.

      No net beneath us.

      Just willing to fall.

      Do you know what I mean?!?

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      1. I definitely know what you mean. It’s like that game “Trust Me”… where you fall back and hope, pray that the person behind you will indeed catch you. You’re literally taking a leap of faith and with our hearts, it’s the same way. We are trusting that the person whose hands we are placing our hearts in will cherish it and understand it… all the vulnerabilities, the cracks, the bruises, the scars. Everything.

        Like you said, there’s nothing beneath us yet… we just have to be willing to fall and hope that everything works out.

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      2. Yes my friend… just right.

        A free fall for love.

        😊

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  6. a beautiful unwrapping, layers of hurt that one person can just remove with their kindness and compassion, a treasured poem

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  7. A beautiful tone of hope and healing. There is a quote I love that says – there is nothing so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength. This reminds me of that. Well written Bill!

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    1. Oh… Suzanne.

      That quote is glorious. Who is the author?

      What a beautiful poem that would make!

      😊

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      1. It’s a favorite of mine. So happy you like it Bill.

        Frances de Sales

        Yes, it very much would make a beautiful poem.

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      2. Thank you!!!

        You should write about it!!

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      3. Thank you!!!
        That’s a wonderful idea. I’ll play with it. 😊

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