Battle Tested

There was a girl in love with the universe
Who wrote letters in the sand
Hair as dark as raven feathers
Eyes the color between sky and land

50 shades of pink inked in veins
Heartbeats buttoned up her sleeves
24 ribs of which were broken
Fractured from lying, manipulative thieves

And she kept running into trouble
Scars on palms from those she touched
So she ran away into hiding
Safe from those who broke her trust

She forgot how beautiful the world was
The acts of kindness people gave
Those who reached out arms in comfort
Made her fearful instead of brave

One night she asked, why don’t you love me?
To which the universe replied
“How could you expect to let love in
With full on armor and sword at your side?”

Sure, the world may have its’ devils
And not everyone will be a friend
But if you close your heart completely
Then it will never, ever mend



“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” ~ Rumi

Photo Credit: Kristallin-F


42 thoughts on “Battle Tested

    • Thank you Tim. This is something I wrote quite awhile back but couldn’t seem to pull together til now. It’s nice to be able to write again or to at least finish a piece. Hope the holidays have been treating you well.

  1. What time do you call this young lady?
    Where on earth have you been?
    We’ve all been worried sick you know… I’ll presume that your excellent poem is somewhat autobiographical, in which case it’s good to know that you are in love with the universe again.

    There is a quote that I love and I think it perfectly sums up your current situation and it is…

    There was a young man of Bengal
    Who went to a fancy dress ball.
    He went just for fun
    Dressed up as a bun,
    And a dog ate him up in the hall.

    Oh oh!! Errrmmm… I may have to get back to you on that one.

    Good to see you back.
    Don’t let the bastards get you down.

  2. It was a lovely moment to see a poem written by you again! Sometimes one has to get away, I understand. Your words still radiate an awesome glow. Hugs and blessings to you dear sister and ‘Happy New Year'”

    • So much time away… and when I think I’m coming back for awhile, life tends to pull me in another direction. It’s nice to be here though, to keep in touch with everyone. The community here is of a different caliber than in real life or on other platforms. Hope everything is going well with you. I see you’re still writing 😀 Hugs & blessings to you as well my brother. And if we don’t speak to one another before then, have a very wonderful New Year.

  3. Good to see you back in action….and even though it was a while ago, it seems to tell a story of what has been happening for you….x

    • Thank you J. This piece is much older and I’m trying to work on the others in sequential order but I had failed to put a date on my rough drafts, lol. The story will bounce around and I think I’ll be ok with that. ^__^

  4. you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens
    (touching skilfully,mysteriously)her first rose

    ee cummings…

    the challenge for most is not letting love in but rather recognizing and acknowledging the love that is already within…

    • That’s quite beautiful and I do enjoy reading from ee cummings. As for the challenge, there are days when introspection is hard to come by. But I find it healthy to take a break at times to not only come to a realization but also the reasoning behind it. Only then, will change come.

      • True. Barry is excellent we are about to embark on a California Burrito expedition. Freebirds opened up in San Francisco and then there’s my favorite place near Tijuana.

        • That sounds like a wonderful expedition, I’m excited for you! Freebirds… hmm. Haven’t been there but a quick google search has listed one in the LA area. Might have to have a little expedition of my own. More of a taco kind of lady though, lol. LOVE tacos. I’m not sure if I can stress that enough. 😀 Let me know how everything goes and hope you guys have a safe journey.

  5. Britt, I came across your resplendent site as I was reading about the Chumash people and their culture. Very much appreciated your photos from your visit to the Santa Barbara / Channel Islands area that you posted a while ago. I wanted to let you know I’ve been encouraged from your insightful perspective and content, including this moving poem from which I drew parallels from my own life. Thank you so much. David

    • Hello David, I find great joy in being able to connect with people through literature. Thank you so much for writing to me. Ah, the Chumash. Haven’t been to Castle Peak in a long while, although I had promised myself I would. Perhaps during the next summer or winter solstice I shall return. ^__^

  6. I like this one, a lot! I haven’t heard from you in a long time and you popped into my mind so I decided to check out what was going on over here. Ended up reading a bunch of things and I enjoyed each and every one I saw. There is so much power in each of your writings. Wish I was able to write as powerful as you do (in my eyes and opinion with respect to all the others out there). Hope you are doing well. Take care 🙂 -Tyler

    • Hi Ty, it has been a long time since we have spoken. I hope things are well with you and I miss the pup making me signs ♥ We should all go on a hike one of these days.

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