A delicate round water droplet
traces the curve of a fragile green leaf
during its journey the droplet stays full
but leaves a trail of wetness behind.

Super sensitive … hyper sensitive
too sensitive … extremely sensitive,
sensitive a word indented like the mark
of the beast on my forehead

Why did they scoff and frown when
they spat the – S word at me?
‘You feel too much … you think too much
you are always too much’.
As if to be born sensitive was a curse,
sensitivity a dirty word.

Why? I could never understand why
sensitivity was frowned on because
to me it was the character quality I adored most and
sought out in every eye I looked into.

Observing people interact I watched how they
handled each other and craved always
to see sensitivity that enabled
one person to hold and contain another. Ah.

Watching movies I always adored the sensitive one.
Reading books the one who cared the deepest
and the person who felt the most
was my hero. I loved their softness.

Sensitivity, I know as a mature woman
is difficult to maintain through a life time
Hurt has a way of bashing the sensitivity out
making some jade and grow bitter.

I regard sensitivity as the most precious gem,
the greatest and most powerful strength,
a birthright worth fighting for to maintain
the holy grail of the human soul.

Sensitivity is linked to open heartedness
and generosity of spirit.
It enables us to empathise and to place ourselves
into another’s skin and to feel their blood
feelings race through our veins.

Sensitivity is the key to a compassionate heart.
It is the most pure expression of
our divine inner child.
It is the bridge to our spontaneous creative spirit
that cries for expression.

Sensitivity is the tour de force of our soul
that enables us to feel all senses simultaneously.
It is the life force that enables us
to experience to the full extent all our emotions.
Feel our feelings without hiding or inhibition.

Boxed, labelled, defined, accused -
sensitive as a little girl.
I have worn this mantle with pride and joy
in my heart, even though it was not
intended to be worn this way.

Being Ultra sensitive has meant that
pain has often visited and become a best friend
because pain and sensitivity are close companions.
One triggers the other. At 18 I decided that I would
never jade and decided to face, confront and deal
with pain so that I could be sensitive always.

A good friend once said You are the extremes of
human emotion… intensely soft and sensitive and yet
incredibly strong at the other end of spectrum. Integration
will be a theme for you
Boom. What a lens to see the soul.
They were right.
Defending the right to be sensitive I had to be very strong.

Often I muse as to where my love and obsession with
sensitivity began. I believe it began with my beautiful
father John Slade
who was the embodiment of kindness,
essence of sensitivity and
the epitome of inner strength.

John Slade was kind and good.
His love was pure and out of unconditional
love of me as a child, my esteem and voice was born.
At 8, It was his death and his life line being ripped
away that gave birth to the artist and writer in me.

Over the mountains I have soared
and in the valleys I have fallen,
a constant in my life has been seeking
the warmth of sensitivity to bask and revel in.
It was my start and I am determined for it to be my finish,
because it was bestowed on me as a birthright.

Sensitivity is the breath of life to me.
It is the kiss of dew on my cheek
It is the torrential rain that penetrates my skin
It is the moments in life that leave an indelible
mark on your soul.
It is the sweet glue in life that binds my heart to
yours for all eternity.

I build a shroud to sensitivity and to my death
will I defend my right to be sensitive
and it is with this stand I move towards writing
a Revolution In Kindness.

© Anthea Slade 2010

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sensitive featured in THE SISTERHOOD 20 May 10
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As Long As There Are Poets…There is Beauty featured in !Inspired Art! 31 May 10
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As Long As There Are Poets…There is Beauty featured in Art At Its Best 18 May 10

sensitive and As Long As There Are poets…There Is Beauty is the fifth upload in our 22/22 (paintings/drawings/poems) Collaboration Sensitivity & Sensuality.

It is such a heart and soul pleasure to work with the beautiful man and brilliant artist and gifted painter Reynaldo on our third major collaboration Sensitivity & Sensuality.

Painting: Reynaldo
Poem: Anthea

Dimensions of Rey’s beautiful painting

2010 Acrylic abstract on 140. lb. watercolour paper

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 Sladeover 4 years ago

    As Long As There Are Poets…There Is Beauty by Reynaldo

  • ArtLacoque
    ArtLacoqueover 4 years ago

    Your words are wonderful and true and I feel them deep inside me. Your decision is adorable and shows how strong you have already been as ayoung woman. You are a gift to the world and I’m glad to be among your friends and be comforted by your word’s and art’s and heart’s sensitivity. Stay the one you are and bitterness will do you no harm – you describe that danger very well – you’re so much seeing all truth inside everything!! ruth XOXO

  • Oh thank you so much Ruth for your gorgeous empathy and sensitivity and for feeling my poem sensitive in your heart. I feel you understand my essence dear friend and I truly appreciate your soul encouraging words. Your friendship and wise knowing means so much to me. Your comment is truly uplifting to my heart. xx

    – Anthea Slade

  • helene ruiz
    helene ruizover 4 years ago


  • Thank you so much my lovely friend Helene.

    – Anthea Slade

  • Leon A.  Walker
    Leon A. Walkerover 4 years ago

    You’re right beautiful spirit!!! This is a great piece!!!

  • Oh thank you so much my friend Leon for your beautifully supportive and gently encouraging comment. I am so glad you see sensitive this way too.

    – Anthea Slade

  • sandra22
    sandra22over 4 years ago

    “Sensitivity is linked to open heartedness
    and generosity of spirit.
    It enables us to empathise and to place ourselves
    into another’s skin and to feel their blood
    feelings race through our veins.”
    Anthea…this write is so powerful xx
    To me, there is no hyper, super, extremely, whatever….there is just ‘sensitive’, be that an empathy, a clarity, a willingness to feel deeply regardless of the outcome…don’t know, I ramble,
    BUT KNOW THIS…you write with sensitivity and I adore that xx
    A wonderful read Anthea…much love to you
    sandra x

  • Wow dear Sandra I agree so much with your beautiful comment. You have such a wonderful mind and way of seeing. It is always a pleasure to receive and to read your beautiful responses to my work. What a wonderful friend you are. Thank you for reading sensitive and for all your beautiful insights. x

    – Anthea Slade

  • Renate  Dartois
    Renate Dartoisover 4 years ago

    Dear Anthea it is that sensitivity that has opened your eyes to everything that is beautiful and precious in this world and sometimes this makes you vulnerable because for some people it is hard to understand your freedom of mind and spirit. These beautiful words you wrote come from your heart and soul and that is the essence of you my lovely friend…..

  • So true so true dear friend Renate, sensitivity does open our eyes to everything that is beautiful and it does make us vulnerable. Your comment is so beautiful and I feel that you understand the essence of my spirit and the full meaning and message of my poem sensitive I truly appreciate all your beautiful support of my writing and collaborations with Rey.

    – Anthea Slade

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 4 years ago

    Anthera I read this and felt it deeply . Keep your sensitivity always, it makes you the wonderful caring spirited woman you are .A wonderful tribute to your father and where you learned some of this sensitivity.I think it is such apowerful write and Rey did a wonderful work to add to this beauty of a write . Huggs .you have touched my heart with this !LIZ

  • I will keep my sensitivity always. I think it is my middle name and is like breathing to me. Your comment so deeply touches my heart and thank you for reading and understanding my poem on such a heart level. Your comments always inspire and encourage me dear friend.

    – Anthea Slade

  • Pagly4u
    Pagly4uover 4 years ago

    Never lose your sensitivity………..its part of your Soul…………Hugs…XXXXX

  • No I will never lose my sensitivity it is part of my life forever. Thank you for your so beautiful words in response to my poem sensitive

    – Anthea Slade

  • S .
    S .over 4 years ago

    ‘You feel too much … you think too much’
    haha wow – story of my life
    ya know us poets are sensitive souls !
    you wrote this with sensitivity and grace
    always love seeing your words and the depth of ur feelings
    incredible WORK here anthea
    touching :)

  • :) Yes indeed my friend Shoaib us poets are sensitive souls and we would not have it any other way. Because if we weren’t sensitive we would not be able to create poetry and art from our hearts. Thank you for reading and for your beautiful response to my poem sensitive I truly appreciate your responses and insights on my work.

    – Anthea Slade

  • Reynaldo
    Reynaldoover 4 years ago

    great work dear Anthea as you know the the inspiration behind this work, that inspired the painting. Your work is always with full measure of yourself and artistry Much appreciate the inspiration, dear girl xxx

  • Oh Rey thank you so very much for your beautiful sensitive words in response to my poem sensitive I absolutely adore the painting you created inspired from my words. I look at it every day and see new meaning, symbolism and feelings. Rey it is truly a soul masterpiece and it is such a heart pleasure to work with you on our collaborations. You are an angel with a beautiful soul. Thank you seeing the full measure of myself in my writing and art. xxx

    – Anthea Slade

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