Thursday, 29 November 2012

Building castles around the heart

An Englishman`s home is his castle
With walls that keep him safe
A moat will stop any invasion
The post cullis is a perfectly locked gate

Inside there's safety and protection
From the world and all that lies out there
But if he's not very careful
He'll build castle walls everywhere

Those walls will get ever closer
Giving protection from pain and hurt
One day he'll come to realise
He's built walls around his heart

Everything and everyone will be closed out
Even God will need an invite to come in
Sure he'll be protected and safe
But it'll be mighty lonesome within

So think before you build your barricade
Plan a door you can open wide
Allow God and others that love you
To come and visit you inside


Mary said...

Hi Emma, I do understand your desire to 'connect' here in the Imaginary Garden with your poem; but as I read it, it seems more about retreating inside oneself rather than reaching out to connect...except briefly at the very end.

ReBelle said...

Amen. Lovely.

Tatius T. Darksong said...

So true, and what a lonely castle that would be.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh I love this. I have been both - the one hiding behind the walls and then the one who opened the door wide and let down the drawbridge........I totally relate to this poem. Wise advice! An open heart = happiness.

Daydreamertoo said...

Indeed... once we open out heart to love, it will never close again but, walls keep up in prison as much as they keep others out.
Lovely poem.

Kim Nelson said...

Another example of the fact that fear is the opposite of love. Build those walls to protect from what frightens and effectively lock out love. Terrific metaphors.

Helen said...

It is quite sad when we allow ourselves to build walls around our hearts, our souls. Nicely done.

Susan said...

Wisely observed, wisely reported, and, I hope, wisely headed! Thank you for posting this!

Willow said...

A dead existence with walls around one's heart, no connections but echoes of oneself.

Susie Clevenger said...

Wise words...a life lived behind walls is one of disconnect..

Margaret said...

The connection is in the last stanza... don't forget to allow others into your heart.