You Are Stronger Than You Think You Are

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You are stronger than you think you are.

You, your hands dirtied with the soil where you till up the rocks of generations gone by. Your tears watering the ground, making the roots grow deep and wide while you are unaware. You labor, you dig, you claw this tiny piece of land where others buried their dreams and gave up trying. But not you. You keep going. You never give up. You see the tree in the seed, and you will fight until that tree is standing before you, it’s long willowing arms grasping your hope in its branches.

You are stronger than you think you are.

You, covered in all your scars. Where your face was grazed with false imaginings that you were not beautiful enough. Where your hands were caught in fields of cotton when you didn’t believe you were free. Where you were marked across your chest the day you thought that they left because you weren’t worth it. Look closely, love. Look closely because those scars are gilded with gold. Those scars have become your crown.

You are stronger than you think you are.

You, dancing there with your face against the wind. Not a pretty dance, but a wild dance. A hold on for dear life to the hope dance. An I will never stop believing in your goodness dance. A shake the sadness off your skin dance. You, with your feet pounding against the ground to the rhythm of your unsurrendering spirit. With your knees soiled and bleeding from the prayers and the longings and the times you almost gave up. With your arms thrown up in surrender and beckoning and awe. “You are my love!” you yell “And I will never give up on you!” There is burning against your back as you lift up your face, because your wings are returning, love. Your wings are returning.

Look into my face and believe me now. You are stronger than you think you are. Stronger than you think you are.

Side note: I reached 100,000 hits this week and the book is going to the printers! Thank you so much for all your support and love. It is a bright spot in my world.

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7 thoughts on “You Are Stronger Than You Think You Are

  1. ah Kate, great poem – really have a gift with words in all shapes and forms – reminds me of when i used to pome long long ago [in a galaxy] but have just not sat down and been inspired in that way for so long – maybe during our new adventure that starts wed in oakland, CA… here is one of the ones i dd years ago that i liked – http://brettfish.wordpress.com/2011/03/07/twice-prodigal – the idea of the prodigal returning home only to realise that this isn’t the first time he has made the trip back…

    and yay for your book going to print – will look for more on that – til then keep on – you are inspiring a LOT of people – thankx again for this poem… stunning!

  2. This is beautiful. It felt like it had been writren especially for me ❤ Would it be alright if I design a poster of it and then post on my blog? Credit to author and link to this blog. 🙂

  3. I love the strength and hope in this. “There is burning against your back as you’re lifting up your face because your wings are returning, love.” Honest and hopeful, love it!

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