Poetry of Stephanie Bennett Henry, Uncategorized

Cracking Your Armor

You headstrong princess.

You stubborn warrior, hard and fierce.

No one told you about the day

when it would all come crumbling down

and you would lie there softened.

No one warned you about the day

you wouldn’t be able to stop

the cracking of your own armor,

that you would fall hard

and be covered in your own pieces.

No one prepared you for this day,

when you would come face to face

with the biggest battle of your life

and the war staring back at you

would be your own eyes.

Well, I am telling you now,

it’s not a fight you can look away from,

but try as you might,

the war of yourself is the toughest one

you will ever look in the eyes.

So look long and look hard.

This is the one that matters,

the one you cannot runaway from.

This is you

fighting to get yourself back.

This is you

saving yourself.

You are on your own.

Don’t back down.

Give it everything you have

until you come out with

blood under your nails

from the birth of who you are meant to be

and the death of who you’re not.

Then paint your armor white

so you always recognize

the way truce looks in your own eyes.

-Stephanie Bennett-Henry


12 thoughts on “Cracking Your Armor”

  1. Strong and fierce and true. I was reminded of this:

    “All of the truly important battles are waged within the self.” ― Sheldon B. Kopp, If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him: The Pilgrimage Of Psychotherapy Patients


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