I wish that I had thicker skin

21 01 2012


I wish that I had thicker skin
that didn’t let your barbs go in.
I’d sooner have big warts galore
like a leathery old dinosaur.

But if had a tougher hide
would you really be less snide?
Or would I just ignore the blow
and take whatever punch you throw.

Instead my skin is made of crepe
and every word just seems to scrape.
I wonder if a tougher hide
would make me strong or weak inside.

I choose to keep my thinning skin
preserve my feeling heart within.
It beats and feels and loves so strong
and knows deep down your words are wrong.




11 responses

22 01 2012

This is beautiful. Struck me in so many places. So emotionally amazing. Thanks for that.

22 01 2012

I’m glad it resounded with you Chennile – thanks for your encouraging comment.

22 01 2012

a way with words they call it
and yes, you have it

22 01 2012

thanks Kel – very kind 🙂

22 01 2012
J Cosmo Newbery

There is a compromise between what you let in and what you let out. Strong rather than hard.

22 01 2012

yes there is. It is easier to be tough rather than strong. Strength requires more dignity I think.

22 01 2012
Gilly Gee

I think your writing does the job a thick skin would do, keep on doing what you do and being yourself!

22 01 2012

Thanks Gilly! It’s helping me find myself. 🙂

22 01 2012

Thank you for visiting my blog, Louise and your kind comments! I’ve been having a trawl round yours and think it’s fab! I love your poem and your photo too! Your writing is lovely and hits a chord in me. Before doing the stones I had never done any creative writing so you who are out there writing such lovely stuff inspires me no end. Keep it up and great meeting you via this blogging thingy!

23 01 2012

Hi Lindy, thanks for stopping by. Keep writing – it is good for the soul. 😉

24 01 2012

You have captured this dilemma exactly like it is!

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