Life taught her well –

hide beneath pretty

packaging, paint sleeves

pink like brittle


fingernails to ward

off the curious

and offer a semblance

of heart without


engagement. Scars

mean band-aids,

amateurish wrappings

to disguise the terror


of being known, the

risk of offering her

self and finding that

she is not enough.

22 comments on “Hide

  1. Powerful words that touch such tender space… Yet He says, in Him, we are “enough”.

    • melodylowes says:

      And those layers we hide in are no longer required! This piece is about finding that new truth, groping for a new way of living and relating and operating, with no need to hide, knowing that all external effort does is to cloud internal beauty. Thanks Shannon!!

  2. Gallivanta says:

    Two thoughts: it’s fascinating that a flower simply opens up and blooms and rarely is there an imperfection in that instinctive blooming. Its internal beauty is simply there without a qualm or a blush. If a flower can do it, why is it so hard for us? 2) In our paper today, words from a great NZ poet, James K Baxter, which you may like ” How good does one have to be to become acceptable to God? This clumsy, lucky fly broke through the web and blundered into the arms of the unjudging Father. God loves us, not because we are good, but because he is good…..He accepts us in our true spiritual dishevelment.” Being very disheveled myself today, I found those words rather lovely.

  3. tinamhunt says:

    It’s one thing to “know” we are enough…sometimes I just forget how to feel it. This put words to a feeling I’ve been struggling with and enabled me to take it to prayer. Thank you.

  4. RoSy says:

    I totally get this. I have petals that I put up for protection too sometimes.

    • melodylowes says:

      Maybe we all do. To some extent, it can be healthy – we get to choose who we ‘let it all hang out’ with. It takes wisdom to set appropriate boundaries, ones that will let the good in, too. Thanks for sharing your heart on this one, Rosy.

  5. Robert Rife says:

    “the terror of being known”…this is always our deepest need and greatest fear. We run toward and away from what we need most.

  6. All I can say is WOW!

  7. beeseeker says:

    Would just echo the comment from Revelations in Writing and congratulate you on the style of this one.

  8. Caddo-Jael says:

    Gorgeous photo.

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