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If I show you my wounds,
will you show me yours?
Then will our connection be
deep enough for our healing to begin?

Will you look at my scars and kiss
them and see they are a symbol
that I have lived and not
pass judgement on them?

If I reveal my vulnerability to you
will you hold me in your warmth
and let me cry without walking away,
overwhelmed by my tears of truth?

Will you face the fear of revelation
and expose the shade, the light
and not be afraid to embrace
the not so pretty parts of who we are?

There is nothing more beautiful then
to be free to reveal true self to another.
Divinity and expression of two
inner children that speak and are heard.

Such bone warmth to know that
the other loves you not only for
what you give them but for your
imperfections, for you.

A conversation
A dream
A yearning
A never ending dance of Heart & Soul
is what this love provides.

To let our exquisite masks
crack and fall to the ground
exposing the imperfect
radiant light from beneath.

To honour our mental and
physical wounds and let them
breathe and be seen
rather then be covered by brittle bravado.

To expose our heart to a greater love
and not be afraid of condemnation
from mean eyes
that fail to look within and know self.

To break down gently in the
knowledge that the barriers need
to be removed before our
truths can be told…
There is beauty in this breakdown.

To not be afraid to create our
own steps and to venture out on a
road that is not travelled often…
the road of active honesty.

It is our imperfection, our weakness,
our humanity that makes us beautiful,
not our struggle towards a cover of perfection
that cannot be sustained and is not real.

…and Shakespeare said it so fine…

Above All, Unto Thine Own Self Be True

© Anthea Slade 2010

Anthea Slade 7 August 2010


Anthea  Slade

Carlton North, Australia

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Sensitivity & Sensuality Series
by Reynaldo & Anthea

Wounded featured in Behind The Mask 9 May 12

Wounded featured in Speaking Out 15 Aug 10

Wounded Heart and Wounded is the Seventeenth upload in our 22/22 (paintings/drawings/poems) Collaboration Sensitivity & Sensuality.

Collaborating with Reynaldo, a beautiful man and magnificent artist and gifted painter on our third major collaboration Sensitivity & Sensuality is indeed a great joy for me.

Drawing: Rey
Poem: Anthea

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