I offer you my heart
upon defenseless sleeve
and make no more to guard it
with vambrace, gauntlet or greave

Though you’d do well to remember
when we meet upon this field
It shows both scarred and battered
But is as strong as any shield

It may be patinated and weathered
It may be dented and torn
But it’s passed the test one thousand times
Not neglected; rather battle-worn

Now with trembling hand I place it
upon our uncommon ground
and gesture that you should take it
and keep it
and sound

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35 Responses to Patina…

  1. so, so lovely!!! 🙂

  2. What a beautiful way to start my day. ❤

  3. And what a lovely, poetic heart it is.

  4. Rita says:

    I love that heart, my precious lil brother. None finer ❤️

  5. Such a lovely poem, and an oh-so-wonderful heart! ♥

  6. rachel says:


  7. Emily C says:

    Wonderful, Eric! 🙂

  8. Eric says:

    Romanticness should already be a word…;) thank you, Vic. 🙂 ❤

  9. thefeatheredsleep says:

    Oh this lovely

  10. moonskittles says:

    The most courageous act of all! Spoken like a true knight!!

  11. mandibelle16 says:

    Great image in this poem Eric, placing a battered heart for someone new to live, putting it out for them to refuse or keep. A difficult thing when that heart is battle worn and hurt so many times before but your speaker is bravely asking his new love to keep it safe, knowing she could hurt his heart too. Great writing.

  12. Purpleanais says:

    Be still my beating heart!
    And here is the romantic again, cautious but hopeful…he still believes…that ending is heartbreakingly beautiful ❤

  13. Quite beautiful. I enjoyed that. *smiles*

    – Esme upon the Cloud

  14. Love this line: “Not neglected; rather battle-worn” 💚 #mast

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