A letter to the Brave

“Before I knew you, I thought brave was not being afraid. You’ve taught me that bravery is being terrified and doing it anyway.”
Laurell K. Hamilton, Blood Noir

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To the brave,
the ones who never give up, in spite of fear.
Your bravery has been noted,
it is contagious.
You spur us on to overcome our own cowardice!

To those who believe in their own truth.
Those who have stood beside the wounded on the battlefield.
This cohesion energizes
the downcast.

Alone we are timid,
faint of heart,
boats without rudders,
adrift on a sea of uncertainty!
Fear contaminates us,
it speaks untruth,
belittles and undermines us!

They say that courage is not the absence of fear
but the triumph over it!

Sometimes courage is found in unlikely places.
It is found in group fellowship,
where hopelessness finds recovery.
Deep and dark shame is shared,
never walking alone.

Courage marches through the streets
fighting for justice
singing songs
pressing forward in solidarity
awaking the unconscious.

Courage confronts bullies.
Valor sends rescuers out to risk their own lives.
Fearlessness saves victims from rising waters.
Courage speaks up for those who have no voice.

Why is courage lacking in a world of hurt
and misery?
Maybe we are mesmerized into silence
when we see wrong doing!
Numbness overcomes us in the face of cruelty
and chaos!

Many among us,
stand up,
having faced their own demons.
Their vulnerability shows up where adversity lives.
Reputations get thrown away,
as they expose themselves to peril.
They have not lost faith
when a windstorm of mayhem
swirls around them.

My cowardice is visible
I long to throw it into obscurity.
I wish to imbibe courage
and let it reign over me!
Too long have I feared what people think.
Timidity has darkened my door,
it has stunted my growth.
Am I afraid to hurt feelings,
while I put aside my own hurt?
I must admit that I’m petrified to stand up for what I believe.
I fear the backlash.

But who am I without courage?
I’m just a ship in safe harbor,
a with-holder of my own personal truth.
Maybe even a denier of the divine within me!
I wonder?
On whose side do I stand
when I’m afraid to fight against injustice?

If you stand by me
I can be braver
I will be stronger.
Together fear will be overcome!

©2017

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