Slingshot #Poetry

Words thrown

like a decades old

emotional Goliath-

I know my worth

I can stand on my own.

You lit an inner fire,

& what was meant

to tear me down

has only inspired me

to continue to grow

I think you should know

My slingshot was aimed

at an angry sun-

who had forgotten The Son,

Who blindly thought

that anger wasn’t empty –

who forgot that this

War has long ago been won-

Yes he missed his mark,

Time and time again-

because Love never fails

and anger pales against

the coolness of patience.

As I waited with kindness

in the shade of that tree

We laid beneath- before I knew

& yet I still forgive you

for absolutely everything,

because that is my strength,

I am the strongest woman

you’ll probably ever meet,

Do not confuse my endless gentleness

for some kind of weakness-

Do not confuse my

refusal to kneel to

your demeaning level

as an inability to rise.

I can see goodness

in you-

despite your lies-

Despite the anger

you wear as your armor,

Drop the sword of pride

NO! – You have missed

your mark-

Time and time again –

in the very definition of

what it means to be a friend –

& I think you should know…

My slingshot has only

ever been filled with hope-

With only the aim –

That you would surrender

your pain just once,

That you would

let those walls fall,

& finally open your eyes-

Like His love has opened mine.

About Gretchen McIntire (formerly Leary)

I am 34 years old, I live in the Raleigh area, and I am writing from the perspective of an individual with Asperger's Syndrome.
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