Respecting the awesome power of words!

Courageous

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The human mind has a great deal
   of difficulty recognizing more
      than one kind of courage.

Our mental faculties
   are more comfortable
      with a single dictionary entry.

But the heart, and especially
   the interaction of living
      a particular life, have ways
   of opening other windows.

The brain is best-suited
   for comprehending courage
      from life’s intersection
   with outward bodily harm,
inflicted by things like disease or war;

and we rightly laud heroes
   who've stared down organ failure,
      chemo or radiation,
   an enemy's barrel,
or similar physical threats.

Courage also wells-up
   from the burden society loads
      upon the backs of those
   whose misfortune it is
to not fit the mold.

This is the pressure
   generating more subtle weapons:
      epithetic daggers of hate,
   dipped in the cultural poison
of rejection, hurled
   into mold-broken hearts.

Overcoming these assaults
   may not leave limbs severed,
      bones shattered,
   or organs inoperable,
but finding and living grace
   with clandestinely-scarred psyches
      can be equally as courageous.

© 2017 Todd Jenkins

 

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4 responses

  1. So very true. I can think of so many with this kind of courage.

    Liked by 1 person

    August 8, 2017 at 5:26 am

  2. Andrea Stoeckel

    Read this aloud to my spouse. Her response was “damned straight”. Thanx again Todd

    Liked by 1 person

    August 8, 2017 at 7:08 am

  3. Darla D Ledger

    I can totally relate to this…and to the accompanying picture. Thanks, Todd, for your insight.

    Liked by 1 person

    August 8, 2017 at 8:07 am

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