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My Suit Of Armor... I and II (Repost froam a while ago)

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hoot_owl_rn
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0 posted 12-28-1999 09:19 PM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

My Suit Of Armor

I built a suit of armor
Crafted from the finest steel
To free me and protect me
So no hurt and pain Iíd feel

The face shield large and heavy
Itís design it took me years
Welded, molded, fastened closed
To dam the flood of tears

My arms which once had held you
Were put into their place
Encased in metal, fastened tight
No longer to embrace

Legs that once had carried me
From one heartache to another
I immobilized with rivets strong
And bound them to each other

Last, there came the breast plate
By far the thickest part
Encapsulated in layers deep
I laid my fragile heart

So now my suit is finished
The armor fits me well
But instead of freedom, I am trapped
In my solitary hell
_________________________________________
My Suit Of Armor (Sequel)

I built my suit of armor
Crafted very well
Hid myself from all to see
Inside my metal shell

But in your wishful searching
You found a simple flaw
An imperfection on my part
That no one else had saw

My armor unpenetratable
Or so I once had thought
You began to work your way into
Even though I fought

You started with the faceshield
Took me by surprise
Loosed my tears, bared my face
To look into my eyes

Next, my arms so tightly bound
You unwrapped and then set free
Teaching me to hold again
By holding on to me

The legs that I had shackled
So I could walk no more
You unbound, and led the way
To new worlds to explore

Last, there came the breast plate
The strongest from the start
You worked your way into its steel
And touched my very heart

Now, I stand before you
My armor at my feet
Youíve won this battle, Iíll admit
But, I donít claim defeat

Yes, the armor lays here
Reflected in your light
Its metal strong, now is dulled
But I am shining bright



 "I am nothing special, of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts and I've led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I've loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me , this has always been enough." ~Nicholas Sparks from The Notebook
© Copyright 1999 Ruth Kephart - All Rights Reserved
Astraea
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1 posted 12-28-1999 09:34 PM       View Profile for Astraea   Email Astraea   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Astraea

Me like.  Very lovely.

~Astraea

 "Sometimes stars can only be seen in darkness."

"Sorrow's crown of sorrow is remembering happier things."

Echo Rhayne
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2 posted 12-28-1999 09:34 PM       View Profile for Echo Rhayne   Email Echo Rhayne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Echo Rhayne

This is beautiful and deep and emotional Ruth.  You expressed your emotions well!

 ~*~ Hell is not a place of fire and a devil with a tail and horns. But a place of torment because the light of God is gone. To escape this, accept the blood of Jesus Christ! ~*~

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3 posted 12-28-1999 09:39 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

I remember these! Just as wonderful now as then!

 Denise


Severn
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4 posted 12-29-1999 05:22 AM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

I remember these too!

They're wonderful Ruth.

K

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Dark Angel
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5 posted 12-29-1999 05:35 AM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

I remember these too Ruth, they're still so very beautiful. Thanks for reposting  

 What comes from the heart goes to the heart.
Samuel Coleridge


First__Knight
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6 posted 12-29-1999 07:34 AM       View Profile for First__Knight   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for First__Knight

Deep, honest, and true this is and I hope I don't disapoint you.  I am doing my best

 I have learned that the pain of a lost love will fade, But the memory of having loved will last forever.

hoot_owl_rn
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7 posted 12-29-1999 08:51 AM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

Thank you everyone  
Paul Hoekman
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8 posted 12-30-1999 02:08 PM       View Profile for Paul Hoekman   Email Paul Hoekman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Paul Hoekman's Home Page   View IP for Paul Hoekman

Thanks for bringing this back sinc eI'm new here and never was fortunate enough to catch it the first time.Don't we all wear armour.
             Paul
RSEvans
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9 posted 12-30-1999 02:54 PM       View Profile for RSEvans   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for RSEvans

I have to say I don't remember this one, probably because this is the first time I've seen it.  But after seeing it, I know I'll never forget it.  This is truly wonderful, Ruth and may your armor grow rust and fall completely apart....  
Pepper
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10 posted 12-30-1999 02:57 PM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

I think these are among the best of your works Ruth and enjoy them now as I did before....
Great writing!!

 A soul that writes from the heart and shares it, truly gives a gift extraordinaire!
Shannon


Martie
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11 posted 12-30-1999 03:24 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

I'm glad you dropped your armor Hoot--a wound won't heal if the bandage is too tight.
Enjoyed reading these expressions from your healing heart.

 In the dew of little things,
the heart finds its morning
and is refreshed.
(ee cummings)
Richard
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12 posted 12-30-1999 04:23 PM       View Profile for Richard   Email Richard   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Richard

So well done, but beyond that, there is such a message. Yes,Hoot,any barrier can be broken
hoot_owl_rn
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13 posted 12-30-1999 07:21 PM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

RSEvans, Pepper, Paul, Martie and Richard...thank you all so much  
Tamera
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14 posted 12-30-1999 07:48 PM       View Profile for Tamera   Email Tamera   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Tamera

Hoot, as I sit here and read these words, I cannot even express how I feel. I too wear this suit, it is slowly breaking down but I am afraid it won't completely. This is absolutely wonderful! It expresses how I feel everyday as I struggle through learning to love again. Thank you so much for sharing this..I was never fortunate to read this before, as I am new here, so I am so happy you reposted. Beautiful and so emotional, this hit home for me!
Tamera
Songbird
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15 posted 12-30-1999 08:50 PM       View Profile for Songbird   Email Songbird   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Songbird's Home Page   View IP for Songbird

This is so beautiful. An excellent piece. Thank you for sharing this with us, I am new and this is the first time I read it.
hoot_owl_rn
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Thanks Tamara ans Septsong

Tamara, e-mail me if you'd like
jaxjoy
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17 posted 12-30-1999 10:17 PM       View Profile for jaxjoy   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for jaxjoy

I got chills reading this one..good work. I especially like this verse:

My arms which once had held you
Were put into their place
Encased in metal, fastened tight
No longer to embrace.

Nicely done  
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