Beauty’s Battle – A Poem About Endurance and Fighting Fear

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Beauty’s Battle – A Poem About Endurance and Fighting Fear

She sits engaged in a battle
Beneath the shadow of her own face,
Slowly conceding to her own demons
Brought back by their blows, crushed beneath their weight.

She wonders what’s the use in trying
When defeat has already been secured?
For what’s left of the light is dying
And her heels dangle on the verge

Of Darkness’s valley where fear stands ready
With open jaws, salivating for an easy feast.
But quick, girl, stand firm, armed, and steady.
Don’t give them the satisfaction of seeing you kneel at their feet.

Remember where your heart lies.
Remember your true desires not corrupted by fear.
Remember the beauty that resides beneath your blue eyes.
Remember why it is I’m still here.

There’s a flame that still flickers.
Feed it with love, faith, courage, and hope.
Know that of all the muses that have flowed from my fingers,
You’re the finest that’s ever wrote.

She pauses for reflection
And slows her breath to a stable inhale.
Suddenly, it comes to her attention
That this shadow of darkness is nothing but a paper-thin veil.

She rises boldly like an Amazon warrioress to her feet
And quickly takes aim with her bow.
Defiantly refusing to retreat,
Deciding she’s had enough of fear’s pain and woe.

The battle is not over.
She remains engaged beneath her beautiful skin.
But she’s set on never allowing herself to roll over,
And allowing the shadow of fear to win.

-Poem Written by Justin Farley

Upon This Rock – A Christian Poem of Grace

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Upon This Rock – A Christian Poem of Grace

Upon this rock I walk
Uncertain, yet composed.
Not crushed beneath the veil of darkness,
For with me always is a light that glows.
The demons of my weakness harass me.
Past failures breed doubts to future plans.
But upon this rock I’m free,
Caressed and cradled in loving hands.
Often I do not recognize my actions.
They are not in line with the man I know.
Ruthlessness is my natural reaction,
Yet somehow seeds of love are sown.
Anger still has moments of victory,
But the battles are swaying with tides of grace.
Love is beginning to reside within me,
Routing out my weeds of hate.
It is by no strong will of mine,
But because of this rock on which I stand.
It is only by the power of the Divine
That I am being transformed into a better man.

-Poem Written by Justin Farley

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Rapunzel – A Poem About Fighting For Love

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Rapunzel – A Poem About Fighting For Love

“Rapunzel, Rapunzel,
Let down thy hair.”
Neither sleet nor rain,
Darkness nor pain,
Cold nor ice
Will suffice to keep me away
From your tower of solitude.
You can ascend spiral stairs of stone
Into the sky’s recesses,
But I will follow your tresses,
Clinging and holding on despite your wrongs.
The song you sing is without equal,
And nowhere but by your side do I belong.
This love I have for you
Does not just cling to the beauty of the blossom,
But dwells in the depths of darkness, down to the root.
You can hack off at the stem, but it will quickly grow a new shoot.
Your veil of secrecy is coming unraveled, my dear.
Your fear and all that you believe can remain hidden is exposed;
You can hide beneath it no longer.
Because like thorns on a rose
It is apart of you,
Nestled within you,
And I’m here to tell you
The rose I gaze upon has never looked so lovely.
I long more than ever to bathe in your beauty,
Be swept away by the fragrance of your scent,
Rest my fingers upon your petals,
And block the wind and rain from bruising your stem.
This tower of solitude you seek to conceal your darkness in
Does not block, nor can it stop my love.
I will scale your walls if I have to,
And each time I fall will begin again.
For trapped within a chamber courting madness
Lies the woman I love and my dearest friend.
Without her I am not the same.
You are the sweet, spring rain
That falls on me and restores me after a harsh, cold winter
And alleviates my pain.
Hide no longer.
I am not scared of what you keep locked up inside.
Unleash it upon me and see that I am not moved,
That my love stands firm, and in me you can confide.
Your struggles, weaknesses, insecurities –
Set them free.
Look into my eyes and know
You can trust in me.
I am not here to rescue you.
I can’t battle your demons for you,
But I will walk with you on this journey
If you’ll only reach out and take my hand.
Know that no matter how hard this climb gets,
I’ll never let go.
I will wait patiently outside your tower
Until you’re ready to let me in,
Until you see that I’m not just your lover,
But also your soul mate and best friend.
I love all of you, including what lies locked in your tower.
You don’t have to be afraid that you feel scared and without power.
You can be exposed to me – naked, vulnerable, and bare.
“Rapunzel, Rapunzel,
Let down thy hair.”

– Poem Written by Justin Farley, quoted segment taken from the story “Rapunzel” by the Brothers Grimm