Broken Bones

by Ariel Douglas (29 November 2014)

Broken Bones

Broken People

Shattered hopes

Shattered dreams



Cracked resolve

Cracked beliefs

Fractured thoughts

Fractured relationships

You search and search

Trying to find a way

Any way

To quench the thirst

To fill the hole

To satisfy the hunger

Giving into heartless manipulation

Relying on yourself for strength

Failing every time

You say you will stand alone

Abandon most everyone

Start afresh

But what will this accomplish?


Nothing productive,

Nothing meaningful

Nothing but more failure

And again you’ll restart

Until there is no one left to restart with

Then what?

What will you do then?

You will fall

You will fall and fail

And there will be no one around to pick up the pieces

To lift you back onto your feet

To hold you upright as you try to regain your strength

You will fall

You will fail

You will faint

You will wither away

But I refuse

I refuse to let you stand alone

You can push on me all you want

But I will not be pushed away

I will not relent and allow you to perish alone

I will always be there



In the background



To run to you

And collect the pieces of your battered, broken bones

Collect them and hand them over

There is nothing I can do for you

But hope is not lost

For I am merely human

Just like you

I’m just like you

I will hand them over

And they will be committed into the hands

Of the only One who knows how to splint

How to remedy damage of this magnitude

I have the same scars as you

The same marred design on my bones

And on my flesh

But we are not left to suffer alone

Or we can choose not to be, that is


I refuse

I refuse to let you fall

To let you drown

All alone

I will stay there

I will pick up the pieces

I will weep on your behalf

I will be the messenger

I will be the nurse

Your bones will be healed

Your hopes will be repaired

You will come out of devastation

Your thoughts will be clear and focused

Your relationships will be fixed

And always

Always you are loved




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