Poem: Free Verse – ” Silver and Gold “


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You can say it in as many ways, 

As it comes to your mind, 

You can try to convince me otherwise,

But I have drawn a line.

Cross the line, I’ll tell you how it goes,

My answer, you’ll probably hate.

But scars run deep, criss-crossing,

Battle wounds which don’t completely heal.

You only see a slight raised line,

White and long —

 But I feel the pain of the wound.

I remember how the scar came to be,

I know how I screamed inside,

Trying to be brave, 

As the cut ran red with blood,

Gore and trauma, degradation.

A scar such as this doesn’t merely heal,

It can reappear and open-up,

A wound that flares with blood-red drops.

Underneath the skin is pink marble,

And  you can see how deep it went,

Layers pealed back as I cried with pain.

It’s my scar on my body;

Apart of me for life.

A mark that lives on my skin and —

I have curves, I will not lie.

But my curves aren’t perfect creamy white,

 Scars and nicks lie here and everywhere.

Disfigurement remaining there, 

I’m imperfect and I’m flawed.

Don’t you know strength was born from such scars?

Curves are real and they reflect,

A body blessed with shape and allure.

But what I want you to notice,

When my skin is bare,

The scars angry red, left there.

For those scars are what will always be,

They are me, and I am them.

If you can accept them,

You can love me too, 

For on my body they are silver and gold,

Worth what I’ve been through.

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Thanks to The Daily Post for the word prompts Scar and Curve.

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©Mandibelle16. (2016) All Rights Reserved.


30 thoughts on “Poem: Free Verse – ” Silver and Gold “

  1. samratkel May 2, 2016 / 1:00 am

    What an amazing poem! So dead on about the scars that we can carry. How they impact our here and now, often as much as when they were first created.

    @Samantha/samratkel from
    Shadow Realities

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  2. Melinda Kucsera May 2, 2016 / 1:04 am

    I love that your scars are silver and gold attesting your strength and how much you’ve overcome. What a positive way of seeing them

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    • mandibelle16 May 2, 2016 / 4:05 am

      Thank you. I love the description but I can’t take all credit. From Mockingjay Part 1 of the Hunger Games, Lord sings this song called “Yellow Flicker Beat,” I like it very much and she uses the silver and gold description similarity 🙂 to describe Katniss.

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      • Melinda Kucsera May 3, 2016 / 1:38 am

        You’re welcome 🙂 oh I haven’t read past book one of the hunger games. I had no idea. Still it sounds like it sparked you off in a different direction

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      • mandibelle16 May 3, 2016 / 2:33 am

        Worth it to continue reading. Young Adult books so fast reads and she is is an excellent writer, the lady who wrote the series. It gets more exciting and complicated as it goes on. But the movies are also fantastic and closely followed the books 🙂

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      • Melinda Kucsera May 3, 2016 / 2:34 am

        I’ll keep that in mind. Maybe I’ll come back to it later. I listened to the audio book version 🙂

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  3. rosemawrites May 2, 2016 / 8:29 am

    Wow!!! This is empowering! Treating scars as sign of strength and not weakness! Great, Mandi!

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    • mandibelle16 May 2, 2016 / 4:35 pm

      Thank you. In away isn’t that how guys treat their scars, they show them off? Our to whether they are inside or outside, show we have learned and if we accept them, we’ve moved on and our more satisfied with ourselves. Willing to not take being belittled bc our scars make us strong. Something like that lol :). Thanks for your thoughts hon 🙂

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  4. clcouch123 May 2, 2016 / 1:59 pm

    Visceral depiction of scars beneath the skin. Scars mean experience. And we can learn from them to be more assertive–aggressive–next time. Such is the truth I learn from you here. Thanks so much, Mandi!

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    • mandibelle16 May 2, 2016 / 4:31 pm

      Thank you Christopher. Assertive for sure, I think it is more they teach us to be comfortable with our imperfections and not care so much what others think. Our scars show what we have learned, sometimes painfully. Thanks for reading. I will catch up on some of your poetry today 🙂

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    • mandibelle16 May 2, 2016 / 4:29 pm

      Yeah, I like this one too. Freeing to write. 💗 How’s your finger? Did you need to get it sewn back on?

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      • Priceless Joy May 2, 2016 / 4:31 pm

        No, they didn’t put stitches in it although I thought they should. I was changing the bandage the other day and the tip fell off. The human body is so amazing – a new one was growing back! I think it will really start healing now.

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      • mandibelle16 May 2, 2016 / 4:39 pm

        Oh thank goodness, I’m glad it’s growing back. Yes I do agree, the human body can be pretty amazing!

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  5. Annie May 2, 2016 / 4:12 pm

    “Wear your scars proud… They’re testament that you survived your battles” or something along those lines ☺️ Inspiring piece about accepting imperfection. Great write, Mandi. 💐

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  6. oneta hayes May 2, 2016 / 7:45 pm

    It is true that those who love us have to accept the scars – those seen and those unseen.

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    • mandibelle16 May 2, 2016 / 8:24 pm

      Thanks Oneta. Nice to see you here. I’m glad you could relate to the poem.

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    • mandibelle16 May 4, 2016 / 4:41 pm

      Thank you so much! I’m happy you enjoyed it. I appreciate you stopping by 🙂

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  7. xaranahara May 19, 2016 / 11:12 pm

    I love this poem. I relate very well to it. It’s amazing how strong our scars make us.

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