November 2, 2013



I want to know how to not be afraid –

how to jump with my eyes closed, like I did

when we were young,

When I believed that death was a thing

that happened to the old.


You were taller then (I’m sure of it)

and there were no specks of gray in your hair,

no wrinkles creased deep into the skin by your eyes

I thought we could rule the world –

or travel it, at least.


Instead, we have been mostly still, for years,

and fashioned our own little planet here,

in our Victorian terrace,

from blood and sweat and belly laughs

while we wrestle our boys on the floor,

while we teach them to be brave –

while we learn for ourselves


that brave doesn’t mean what it once did.


Brave means laying bare our bodies and our hearts,

and believing we will still be here in the morning.

13 responses to “Brave”

  1. I identify with this so much. Great writing, Faith. Everything you post has rattled my heart lately!

  2. larkandbloom says:

    Faith, this is … well… incredible.

  3. Kari Ann says:

    Love this! Beautiful!

  4. Oh my gosh. So beautiful.

  5. larkandbloom says:

    Reblogged this on Lark & Bloom and commented:
    This November I am thankful for lots of things. I would show you my past few days of #ThankYouNov if it weren’t for some technical difficulties that I am having with my phone at the moment.

    But, one thing I am thankful for is my friend Faith. She posted this a few days ago and it really resonated with me. I’m pretty sure you will like it too.

  6. Faith says:

    Reblogged this on Great Smitten and commented:

    To start off the This is Brave series I talked about yesterday, I’m reposting this entry I wrote back in November, in case you missed it then. (Or you can enjoy it for the second time!)

  7. Shireen says:

    Love this! Sometimes brave is just writing the words..

  8. santhini says:

    I love this. So simple yet so striking

  9. Jillian says:

    That is a really good tip particularly to those new to the blogosphere.
    Simple but very precise info… Thank you for
    sharing this one. A must read article!

  10. Oh my goodness! Awesome article dude! Thanks,
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