On Vulnerability

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Susan Richter

baneful blessing
of all true friendship
Love that risks intimacy
ever leaves the lover
belly`up to blade

Some lovers
wear their scars
like trophies of wars
never won or forever lost
signals on the psyche
of pain endured
from lovers

Other lovers
retreat into caves
to nurse their wounds
that never want to mend
in the darkness alone
without the salve
of sunshine

It is not good
that we should be
alone in God’s garden
Better far to be vulnerable
forgiving and forgiven
at Eden’s feast of

“If you love somebody, it’s like you get to go on this great picnic,
but there will be ants and there will be rain at the end.
That doesn’t mean you don’t go, but there will be rain.
It’s not like maybe there will be rain. There will be rain.” ~ Amy Bloom


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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5 Responses to On Vulnerability

  1. great love and great pain go hand in hand

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  2. Love always opens us to pain – I always feel it is summed up perfectly in The Rose – that soul afraid of dying that never learns to live…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCt7RvEkK8s


  3. Cheryl Ruffing says:

    I’ve always had a hard time with the vulnerability part. It stems from pride, I suppose, but pride has also saved me from developing a victim mentality. Perhaps it’s a balance.


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