Uriah Hamilton

Slightest Kernel - Poem by Uriah Hamilton

From what warfare of love have you retreated?
Down what street have you scattered yourself
seeking relief in anonymity and isolation?

I hope you lick your wounds in the sunlight
like a defeated dog from a severely threatening rival
to come back even stronger after your survival
to yet win the day for the territory of well-warranted dignity.

Do not be afraid of failure or disapproval:
the disapproving never loved you and never will;
the condemning and condescending
merely relish to gaze at a groveling soul.

The only inescapable ruin is losing self-respect,
the complete erosion of confidence and personal esteem.
If you can maintain the slightest kernel of inner faith,
then any arrow flung in jealousy or contempt will be deflected.

Topic(s) of this poem: love

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Poem Edited: Wednesday, March 16, 2016

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