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Diamond Core

Don’t you try to unsettle me
I can see through to the other side
Don’t try to demean and cancel me out
I will rise again like the Phoenix

Don’t you try to put me to disgrace
and line my face with cruelty
because I will duck and weave
the arrows of war

Don’t you try to invalidate me
because my colour will grow even more brilliant
Don’t you try to rip my voice out of my box
because my voice will scream louder

Don’t you try to eradicate me
because I will never be erased
Don’t try to destroy my spirit
because my spirit is made of the strongest fibre

Don’t try to exploit me
because my intelligence is emotional and intellectual
Don’t pressure me into the stultifcation of dutybound
because I am a free spirit and must fly with wings outstretched.

Don’t try to blacken my heart with pain
because it is and always will be red with passion
Don’t tell me to be selfless because
if there is no self there can be no other

Don’t tell me to remove my esteem with
no self respect there can be no bliss
Don’t tell me there is only one way to see and that is black and white
because I will show you a multitude of colours

Don’t try and disengage me from my inner voice
because my voice will never be silenced.
Don’t trap me into negative thinking patterns
because I will never be brainwashed

Don’t think that by removing love from me
that I will whither and die because
my heart can beat in
a raw dark place.

Don’t use guilt to haunt me into a limited life
because I have always sucked the marrow out of it.
Don’t tell me that my soul has no value
because my soul dances to its own beat

Don’t try to break me, annihilate me
because my CORE is diamond
and it sparkles and cannot be broken
and will cut through and shatter
all your glass houses into a trillion tiny pieces
and will shine on until my last breath.

© Anthea Slade 2009

By Anthea Slade 23 Nov 09

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A tribute to the human spirit that cannot be broken.

Diamond Core featured in Art of Pain 6 Dec 09

This is a collaboration between Reynaldo and I that is separate to our Tribute to Womanhood Series

Beautiful Paintings by Reynaldo
Poem by Anthea

Creating art and writing is like breathing to me, it keeps me alive. If I stop creating my world shrinks and contracts. When I start to create again it expands and is filled with colour. I feel whole. To create is to be completely, unabashedly alive.

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  • Anthea  Slade
    Anthea Sladeabout 5 years ago

    Diamond Core by Reynaldo

    Diamond Core by Reynaldo

  • Elucidate
    Elucidateabout 5 years ago

    affirmation, beautiful and powerful.

  • Jordan thank you so much for this beautiful comment on Diamond Core.

    – Anthea Slade

  • Obadiah-Qi
    Obadiah-Qiabout 5 years ago

    Brilliantly insightful Anthea.

  • Steve thank you so much for your wonderful words about my poem.

    – Anthea Slade

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindabout 5 years ago

    Whoa. Anthea – bravo on this write by itself!!! Powerful, beautiful and indeed as sparkling as the diamond!!! : )) LOVE THIS!!! xoxoxoxo

  • Oh thank you dear Shar for this delightful comment. I truly appreciate your wonderful support of my work so much. xx

    – Anthea Slade

  • Alexandra Felgate
    Alexandra Felgateabout 5 years ago

    A beautiful poem Anthea, and beautifully illustrated by Reynaldos painting.

  • Thank you so much Alexandra. Yes Rey did a beautiful job with the two paintings that he created to go with my poem Diamond Core.

    – Anthea Slade

  • CLiPiCs
    CLiPiCsabout 5 years ago

    you have me in tears Anthea X X X

    what a fabulous write
    simply awesome

    Love ‘N’ Laughter Kriss

  • Oh Kriss my friend, thank you for this so beautiful comment. I trully appreciate your wonderful words in response to Diamond Core.

    – Anthea Slade

  • rubyjo
    rubyjoabout 5 years ago

    you have no idea how bad i needed to read this today. I was crying before i read it and i am crying now. I think i will print this out and put it on my mirror where i can read it every day. Thanks Anthea and Reynaldo for a remarkable collaboration.

  • Dear Rubjo I am so glad that my poem was good timing for how you were feeling. Please lovely friend print it out and put on your mirror to read. I would be so honoured if you would do that. I thank you so much for your lovely support and so does Rey.

    – Anthea Slade

  • Marilyns
    Marilynsabout 5 years ago

    wow !!!Anthea ! what a wonderful writting ! you forgot nothing , nothing of these essential needs and i love your ending , powerful and beautiful ! brava dear Anthea ! you shine :):):)

  • Oh lovely Marilyn thank you for this wonderful response to my poem Diamond Core. Your beautiful words made me smile :) I hope you are having a beautiful week. :)

    – Anthea Slade

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorabout 5 years ago

    Anthea so POWERFUL your words ,so fullof truthand beauty you are amazing LIZ

  • Thank you so much Liz for this gorgeous comment. I truly appreciate your beautiful support of my work, my friend. Anthea

    – Anthea Slade

  • kevinmawson
    kevinmawsonabout 5 years ago

    Shine on Anthea!!!!!! A very thought provoking writing! bravo!as


  • Thank you so much my friend km for this lovely comment on Diamond Core :)

    – Anthea Slade

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