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

The Trouble With Love – A Poem

The Trouble With Love – A Poem

Why do I continually let people into my fragile heart
Who have no business being there?
Why do I continue to trust in the promise of love
When it only breeds deep wounds of despair?

“I Love You’s” are thrown around like hellos,
Promises given without the trace of honest intention.
My soul breaks and quakes in mournful bellows
Because of thoughtless decisions.

Can’t I ever find someone who is honest and true?
Can’t I ever find eyes that don’t lie –
Eyes that echo joy and laughter
But have secrets and deceit they sleep behind?

Is it really that hard to accept love
And not continually push against it and fight?
You can continue to play tug-of-war with your heart,
But you’re done playing it with mine.

Soul suckers sit out in the darkness
And wait for a decent man
That they can feast upon and sink their vicious claws into,
Clutching honest, beating hearts in their hands.

I guess they get off on causing chaos,
Casting their spells upon warm, caring hearts.
Then, when they’re done with their feast
They simply spit them back up and tear them apart.

Cower in your corners you tainted and jaded,
You frightened, gutless little girls.
If you can’t look love in the face,
Stay the hell out of men’s worlds.

Stay in your delusions. Remain in the past,
Bitching about what Daddy didn’t do for you.
It’s about time you moved on and grew up,
The only excuse you have now is you.

The trouble with love is we live in a world
Full of confused, soulless creatures,
Who never give a damn about anyone but themselves,
Who hide behind exhausted excuses,
Love to hitch a ride upon a caring back,
But have no intention of sticking around for the journey.

The trouble with love is that you first have to find someone
Who’s not simply out to break hearts and get off on playing games.
And in our world, selfishness reigns,
And worthy hearts dwindle everyday.

So where are you, love?
I thought I knew you
But you turned out to be just another
Coward and liar.
Love, I’m done chasing you.
You can come find me when your games are through,
Until then I’m smothering your fire.

-Poem Written by Justin Farley

Passion’s Answer – A Love Poem

Come lay down at my feet,
Come sweep away the pain that follows me,
Haunting me wherever my restless heart roams.

Fix your gaze upon my soul,
Look in its mirror and see its reflection shows you,
And see that its essence is true.

Let me tell you my tales of unwritten stories
And the unfilled lines that are strung across my heart –
Secrets I will whisper in your ears in the dark.

May your lips reach across the boundary lines,
And your light cause the darkness to hide.
Spread yourself across my table and let me drink of your wine.

Passion bubbles like soap suds floating on the wind,
Sending messages out in colorful auras –
Orbs that I fill with hope that you will reach
Out and pluck them from the air.

Let your hair flow down to your breast,
Untangle your web of insecurities in my arms.
You’re safe by my side.
My heart cannot bear to cause you harm.

Come to me as a slave,
But allow me to dismantle your chains
And set the prisoner inside you free.

Quiet your lying mind,
But heighten your senses.
Let me tear down your walls with my love,
Leave no trace left of defenses.

Climb aboard my ship
And ride upon passion’s sea.
Unfold your royal carpet at my feet
And allow me to fulfill passion’s plea.

The Leaves of Autumn (I’ll Remember You) – A Love Poem

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The Leaves of Autumn (I’ll Remember You) – A Love Poem

When the fireflies bring their dances to a close over the meadow
And the leaves of autumn change their hue,
I will look out my window, love,
And I’ll remember you.

That twinkle in your eyes
Will bring a smile to my face,
But sadly my memories won’t stop there –
I’ll long for your taste,
They’ll find their way to my heart,
And the floodgates will break.

My tears will be the only evidence you still exist,
Smothered by the weight of it all,
And the remembrance of love’s kiss,
I’ll try to find a way to see through the mist –
These cataracts that love has stained upon my eyes.

But how am I to live without your light –
That bright, blinking beacon
Leading me through the mire of my own night?
I’m capable of fighting my own fights,
But I have no desire to…
Not now.
Now when the only affirmation of victory
Is the echo of my own voice.
All dreams are for naught
If they don’t include you.
For you were the one who breathed them into being,
You were the water that took a withered seedling
And made it stand up tall and proud.
So who am I to boast to now, love
Now that you’re not around?

These blooms are fading.
I can feel them shrinking back
Into the dark nothingness from which they came.
I’ve tried to feed them myself,
But they only respond to your name.

I can look up into the heavens
And count the multitude of diamonds glistening,
Ready to be plucked from the sky.
But there is only one jewel I desire,
And it resides within the twinkle of your eye.

So I’ll continue looking out my window,
Enclosed in the tomb of my own misery
And try to choose a memory
That brings your precious light
As close as it can to the solitude of my darkness.

When the fireflies bring their dances to a close over the meadow
And the leaves of autumn change their hue,
I will look out my window, love,
And I’ll remember you.

-Poem Written by Justin Farley


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Across the Moonlit Miles

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Across the Moonlit Miles

I can feel you across the moonlit miles that separate our windows.
And somehow I know you are out there,
Lying in bed, unable to sleep, just like me.
You are yearning for this chaos to be released
And wisped away into the cosmos.
You are wondering why love has to be this hard,
When it is so easy, believe me…
I know it to be true.
Though I’ve told you a thousand times,
I’m just another hopeless romantic like you,
Making the obvious a mystery,
Purposely blurring the evidence that resounds,
“Safe. True. Real.”

But I wonder does the pain keep you up,
Or are you already at ease in peaceful sleep?
There are no dreams on my eyes tonight, only tears –
Empty vessels, messages in bottles I’m sending out to you.
SOS, my love. I’m sinking fast.
So won’t you read quickly?
Unravel the scroll and see my soul opened wide, tears dried upon the page.
Return my plea! Can’t you see that I need to be freed
From this misery, this tragedy?
This man you see is not one of the wolves
You’ve mistaken for sheep a thousand times over.
I am a scared, shaking lamb just like you.
Broken, bruised, blackened, and blue.
I can feel you across the moonlit miles tonight, my love.
Can you feel me too?

– Poem Written by Justin Farley


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If Only … – A Love Poem

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If Only …

– A Love Poem

If there was a way to pluck my beating heart from my chest,
I’d let you have it. Just to give you the comfort
Of knowing you could crush it at a moment’s notice,
Just so you wouldn’t feel so vulnerable, so weak, so full of fear.

If I could bind my arms and legs up in chains
Just to assure you that I’ll never leave,
Well, I’d be happy to be your slave, call you master,
If it’d make you feel less afraid.

If I could seal my lips shut
After I promise that my love is true,
Just so you know I can never take it back
Well…I’d do that too.

If I could cover myself in filth and reopen my every scar
Just so you wouldn’t feel so dirty,
I’d surely jump at the chance if I knew
That it would help you.

But I can’t.
And it’s killing me.
That my words carry no weight.
For they are the tongue of my heart,
Written with the ink of my tears
And etched with love’s bitter sting.
Without trust, love has no breath to sing.

So what now, my poor heart?
Are there any tricks left up your sleeve?
Any way of breaking the barriers of this madness?
Any way of convincing, so we don’t have to leave?

Oh, my poor, broken heart,
Can’t we just set these silly testimonies aside?
Can’t you read the truth, my love
When it’s written within my eyes?

Do not feel guilty for the thorns
You’ve stuck in my side.
But won’t you please pluck them out!
Don’t make me say good-bye.


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Umbrella – A Poem

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Umbrella – A Poem

The world’s troubles pour all around me,
But I am perfectly safe and dry
Shielded underneath the armor of your umbrella –
Rain sliding down its sides like shingles
Nailed upon an angled roof.
Droplets of pain drip down
From the edges of your cover,
But I am without a tear having you near.
I stroll through the town square
With a hop in my step prancing upon the pavement
Parading in song.
The familiarity of cold, drenched clothes
Clinging to my skin is gone,
And I am perfectly content
Against the backdrop of ashen skies,
Thunderclaps, lightning flashes,
And beads of burden beating down
From Earth’s cathedral.
Do not fold up your arched wings.
Do not rustle your feathers,
Nor contract your shield
And hide it back in your truck.
Be my umbrella,
Now and forever.
Walk with me through the storms of life’s weather.
Keep me nestled under the shade of your love.
Keep me dry.

-Poem Written By Justin Farley

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Until I Met You – A Love Poem

Until I Met You – A Love Poem

The world stands still when I gaze
Into your eyes of blue.
Beloved, love was nothing more than
A foolish errand until the day that I met you.
‘Twas like an emerging butterfly
The way you transformed my soul.
Once inched along the ground,
Now fly since you’ve restored me whole.
The hands of time move slower
Each hour that finds us apart.
Your love plays louder each day
Through the chambers of my heart.
In my darkened night you brought
The light that led me on ’til morn’.
For in the beauty of your sight
The veil of darkness was torn.
Be not afraid, for the love
I have for you is true.
Love was nothing more than a dreamer’s desire
Until the day that I met you.

-Poem Written By Justin Farley

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Love’s Wings – A Poem

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Love’s Wings – A Poem

Imagine my surprise waking to find
My arms covered in feathers – now fully supported wings.
My voice like the sweetness of a sparrow,
Bellowed from a passionate heart that sings.
I flew through the sky with a lightness
My mind and body ever knew.
For love, my burden was lifted
The day that I met you.
The clouds, sky, and heavens
Seemed far within my grasp.
All comprehension of limitation
Was left lying in the past.
You gave my soul the freedom
To soar to heights higher than ever dreamed.
You are the North Star that leads and shines.
You are the queen that reigns supreme.
Eagles have not reached into the sky
As high as I have since finding you.
Heaven’s ceiling on a summer day
Bare not the depths of hue as your eyes of blue.
When I look into your eyes my soul and spirit flies
Into the great, vast cosmic space.
Pain, loneliness, and emptiness are erased without a trace.
You are a gift far greater than I believed
God would ever bring.
For you carry me higher than I ever thought possible
Flying with love’s wings.

-Poem Written By Justin Farley

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Storms – A Love Poem

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Storms – A Love Poem

I am blown by your gale,
Caught up in a tempest
My heart is unable to resist.
Never has it known a love like this
Whose storms of passion
Leave me defenseless.

Your rains hail me from afar,
And the eyes of your storm summon me.
My soul is a lightning rod
For your flashes of electricity –
A static seduction shocking me
With your every touch.

You clutch me in your madness
And soak me in down pours of sexuality,
Leaving me wet and wanting to strip
Off my heavy and soggy clothes.
Your wind blows like a cyclone –
A twister that destroys every defense
In the path to my heart.

You, love, have torn my walls apart.
I stand without shelter
And no longer have the ability
To withstand your weather.
For your beauty has weakened my resistance,
And your thunders have boomed,
Beckoning me to my knees.

My heart sees the looming storm,
But can only wait in delight
As the rain clouds come rolling in.
My heart beats anxiously,
Awaiting our eternal tryst.
For true love has known no stronger force
Than the passion between our kiss.

-Poem Written By Justin Farley

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