Below is the poem entitled What gives beating hearts strength which was written by poet
Kelley. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.
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Would a lesser spine break under the weight
of tribulation that persists past the arc
of perceptual balance?
and Achilles knelt in fear
that he would never get up again.
What gives a soul the strength
it needs to labor through an
ache with no cusp?
Can any being with the necessary conviction
Or are some destined to break
under the boot of life's ugliness?
Tired men ask themselves
these questions every day,
taking comfort in the fact that
no one can hear them.
They would be seen as cowards
in the face of their peers
...Even though they all look in the same mirror,
hoping for a reflection
with some sort of consistency.
Some sense that they are
accomplishing what they were put here for.
We're all being put to the "Test",
and yet no one truly knows what that means.
Maybe it's the mirror..
Maybe it's what we accept after each day,
when we're tired and broken.
If we have the courage to hold our heads up
and look ourselves in they eyes and know in our hearts that we're truly present inside ourselves.
That's what gives beating hearts strength.
-James Kelley 2013, All rights reserved.