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Lay It Down

Shannon is a passionate individual whose feelings and thoughts tend spill onto the pages, often in the form of poetry and sometimes essays.


Lay It Down

For tonight you lay down

Your armor and your guard

Take from your sleeve your heart

Place it too on the ground

Leave behind foolish pride

All humility too

For neither can be true

When they are cloaked in lies


DREAM ON on May 31, 2020:

Your poetry cuts out the middle man. Deep and affectionate. Right to the core. Beautiful words nicely organized and a lovely flow. Congratulations on sharing ten years of wonderful writing. I am a little late. I say better late than never. I appreciate all your work as well as your kind comments on my hubs. Writing digs deep into our soul. My heart is dangling on a string. I feel helpless but also invigorated when someone shares my thoughts. I want to read more of your work and enjoy more of your writings. I hope your day is sensational.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on November 07, 2019:

Thank you, Brenda. Sometimes the most is said with fewer words. It's a lot easier for me to express much with little in poetic form, that's for sure. Glad you liked it.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on November 07, 2019:

Short but so sweet and true.

Lies have no place in building love.

Great write.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on February 22, 2019:

Thanks, Peggy! Perhaps I'd do well to break all of my complex contemplations down into poems that people could interpret as they wish. Less room for total misunderstanding of intentions and interpretation that way. LOL.

No, I don't suppose anything cloaked in lies of any sort for any reason is easy, at least not for long. Whether it be relationships or life in general. Freedom is os much better and, yes, refreshing.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 22, 2019:

You say so much with very few words. That is a gift! It is sad to think that anyone has to live being cloaked in lies. That would not be easy to maintain that type of existence. It would be refreshing to lay that all aside.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on October 30, 2018:

Thanks, Eric. Glad you enjoyed the message enough to return.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on October 30, 2018:

Sometimes sleeping on it has a way of resolving the problem, or at least putting it more into perspective. You know the saying, it's hard to see the entire picture when you're inside the frame?

Thanks so much for stopping by, CrisSp.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 30, 2018:

Worth a revisit. Com Ong

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on October 30, 2018:

What a timely read, at least for me. Let's sleep on it...for now.

Love from the sky~

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on September 03, 2018:

Thank you, Dana. Glad you liked it. I'm not really sure where the second verse came from, to tell you the truth. The first verse wrote itself as I thought it. The second one took a little more effort. Just knew the first one didn't work as a stand alone. I'm happy with the way it turned out, though. Again, thanks so much.

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on September 03, 2018:

Short, sweet and powerful. Lay it down for nothing good can grow if its tightly cloaked in lies. Powerful!

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on September 03, 2018:

Thanks, Gypsy!

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on September 03, 2018:

Fantastic poetry the emotions just shine through.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on September 03, 2018:

Thanks, Nell! I think sometimes I'd do better to communicate through poetry. LOL

Nell Rose from England on September 03, 2018:

Love the strength of this poem, short but powerful!

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on September 03, 2018:

Awww, you guys are too kind. Thanks, Rinita.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on September 03, 2018:

Thanks, Hari. Much appreciated.

Rinita Sen on September 03, 2018:

How strong and powerful in such few words! Loved it.

Hari Prasad S from Bangalore on September 03, 2018:

Wow. Amazing lines.

- hari

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on September 03, 2018:

Hey, Bill. HP sent your comment to the spam folder for some reason. But at least it showed up to alert me there was a comment this time. Thank goodness, right. You're safe from HP oblivion.

Layers of defenses. . .layers of weapons. . .layers of personality, both good and bad. . .layers of just about everything. I suppose that's human.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 03, 2018:

Stripping off the layers and getting real....not an easy thing to do, eh?

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on September 03, 2018:

Oh. Thanks, Eric! That's quite a compliment indeed. As for how we talk in Texas. ...Well, let's see. . .I just woke up and I'm fixin' to get my day started now that breakfast is over and the kids are fed. "Fixin' to" is a little phrase I picked up after I moved down south here. LOL

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 03, 2018:

I forget how we talk in central Texas. I get Hobbs and down over near the Cajun. Perhaps "Howdy and Gracias"?

I just wrote this down with pen and paper for my son and I tonight. I figure I can give no better compliment.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on September 03, 2018:

Thanks, Mary. What a kind thing to say.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 03, 2018:

It's a nice poem to recite to one's self before one gets to sleep, very calming words after a day of work and interaction.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on September 03, 2018:

Ah, yes, that is the question. Thanks so much, Flourish.

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 03, 2018:

What a stunningly beautiful poem. Makes me wonder what the real person underneath is made of here.

Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on September 02, 2018:

Thanks, Whonu. Blessings to you as well.

whonunuwho from United States on September 02, 2018:

A very heartfelt work, my friend. Many blessings to you and yours. whonu

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