Lay It Down

Updated on September 2, 2018
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Shannon is a passionate individual whose feelings and thoughts tend spill onto the pages, often in the form of poetry and sometimes essays.

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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

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      • shanmarie profile imageAUTHOR

        Shannon Henry 

        7 days ago from Texas

        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.

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        BRENDA ARLEDGE 

        7 days ago from Washington Court House

        Short but so sweet and true.

        Lies have no place in building love.

        Great write.

      • shanmarie profile imageAUTHOR

        Shannon Henry 

        8 months ago from Texas

        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.

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        Peggy Woods 

        8 months ago from Houston, Texas

        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.

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        Shannon Henry 

        12 months ago from Texas

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

      • shanmarie profile imageAUTHOR

        Shannon Henry 

        12 months ago from Texas

        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.

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        Eric Dierker 

        12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        Worth a revisit. Com Ong

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        CrisSp 

        12 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

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

        Love from the sky~

      • shanmarie profile imageAUTHOR

        Shannon Henry 

        14 months ago from Texas

        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.

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        Dana Tate 

        14 months ago from LOS ANGELES

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

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        Shannon Henry 

        14 months ago from Texas

        Thanks, Gypsy!

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        Gypsy Rose Lee 

        14 months ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

        Fantastic poetry the emotions just shine through.

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        Shannon Henry 

        14 months ago from Texas

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

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        Nell Rose 

        14 months ago from England

        Love the strength of this poem, short but powerful!

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        Shannon Henry 

        14 months ago from Texas

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

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        Shannon Henry 

        14 months ago from Texas

        Thanks, Hari. Much appreciated.

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        Rinita Sen 

        14 months ago

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

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        Hari Prasad S 

        14 months ago from Bangalore

        Wow. Amazing lines.

        - hari

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        Shannon Henry 

        14 months ago from Texas

        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.

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        Bill Holland 

        14 months ago from Olympia, WA

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

      • shanmarie profile imageAUTHOR

        Shannon Henry 

        14 months ago from Texas

        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

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        Eric Dierker 

        14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        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.

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        Shannon Henry 

        14 months ago from Texas

        Thanks, Mary. What a kind thing to say.

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        Mary Norton 

        14 months ago from Ontario, Canada

        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.

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        Shannon Henry 

        14 months ago from Texas

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

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        FlourishAnyway 

        14 months ago from USA

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

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        Shannon Henry 

        14 months ago from Texas

        Thanks, Whonu. Blessings to you as well.

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        whonunuwho 

        14 months ago from United States

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

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