Four Walls

A Poem By Heather Jones // 3/3/2019

Important Note: This poem deals with the issue of abuse. Readers may want to proceed with caution.

the scabs on your knuckles are far too obvious,
and the bruises you’re trying to hide are too numerous
to conceal just by pulling up your collar
and pulling down your sleeves.

i’m amazed that you are smiling.
amazed that you think that you are in the clear,
but then it dawns upon my mind
that you actually kind of are.

‘cause no one notices the dark in your eyes.
nobody sees the sad in your smile,
or if they do, they ignore it,
like everything’s good in the world, when it’s not.

for you are not alone in your pain.
what else goes on behind the closed doors,
the shuttered windows, the drawn curtains?
what other souls are burdened with this?

Sherlock claims there is nothing more frightening
than the sight of cottages all in a row,
glistening on the outside, but deep in those walls
are the most gruesome and cruelest of crimes,

hidden and kept by those four walls
that faithfully hide the tears and the fears
of many a broken, wandering child,
begging for someone to see their pain,

and yet no one is the wiser.
and seeing now your wearied soul,
beaten by hardened hearts and hands,
i’m starting to believe him.

Comments

Heather, this is beautiful

Heather, this is beautiful and hurts my heart. That's meant in a good way. Reading this and "The Cycle of Abuse", I appreciate what you're bringing up to our attention and that you're being honest with us and with yourself. Keep it up. You have a way with words and getting peoples' attentions. I think you can do tons with the things you write! (not that you aren't already. I think your writing is great :))

Libby | Fri, 03/08/2019

“The gospel alone is the power of God unto salvation.
Therefore, suffer, yes. Be misunderstood, yes. Be shamed, yes. But do not be ashamed. For the joy set before you, take up your cross, follow Jesus, be shamed and despise the shame!" -- John Piper

@Libby

You are so thoughtful and kind <3 Thank you. I’m glad you appreciate the message because, yeah, I’ve been thinking about it a lot and it’s just been so crushing to think that people loved and cherished by God have been treated so horribly. Ugh. Thank you a million for your kind comment though, for real <333

Heather Jones | Thu, 03/21/2019

“planting seeds inevitably changes my feelings about rain.” —luci shaw.
psalm 84:10 esv.

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