While you may not agree that all criminals are salvagable, or all thick-skinned folks actually hide the ability to empathize somewhere in a corner of their hearts, I believe you will agree that VW’s questions in this wonderfully yearning poem are well worth asking! I am using critters in my daily posts on their journey into The Light because these types in our world are often considered by others as “unworthy”. Let VW’s poem prod you into deeper thoughts about “outcasts” as you read. Blessings on all today.


Just because you’re hard to kill
Doesn’t always make you tough
Just because you never smile
Doesn’t mean you never dream
Just because you’re breathing fire
Doesn’t mean you cannot love
Just because you’re different
Doesn’t mean you’re dangerous

What if all the dragons
Are just brokenhearted fairy tales
What if all the monsters
Are just souls without a home
What if all the blood we spill
Is digging our way down to hell
What if everybody
Didn’t have to be alone

Just because they don’t believe
Doesn’t always mean you’re wrong
Just because they cannot see
Doesn’t mean there’s nothing there
Just because you’re far away
Doesn’t mean you don’t belong
Just because my skin is thick
Doesn’t mean that I don’t care

What if all the villains
Are the heroes no one understood
What if all the peasants
Are just kings without a throne
What if you and…

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. willowdot21
    Mar 30, 2012 @ 03:00:41

    Even better on the second read!

  2. Pocket Perspectives
    Mar 30, 2012 @ 05:54:18

    I think there’s incredibly important wisdom in the ideas of that poem…and the more we connect with those kinds of insights, the more empathy, compassion and understanding we’ll develop for others who might be different from, or less fortunate than, us…or at least, that’s the way I see it.

    • granbee
      Mar 30, 2012 @ 06:02:36

      Pocket, I LOVE the way you see it–for that is exactly how I viewed the value of the words in this poem of VW’s. There is an ongoing series of installments on a book-length narrative poem of Thomas Davis’ over at FourWindowsPress that highlights the relationship between an elderfly dragon and the orphaned girl-child of the villages “witch”. The situation of these two “untouchables” bonding together and helping each other is most heartwarming and instructive of how we ALL ought to be with many more people every day. Thanks so much for your very affirmative response here to this reblogged post.

  3. tornadoday
    Mar 30, 2012 @ 07:52:01

    Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princes/princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that only wants to be loved. Among all of us, at one time or another, that has inspired some of our worst behavior……… We cannot know the heart and soul of another; we can only serve to bridge the differences by accepting that we do not know – and love one another anyway. A wise man once said, ‘don’t let a problem to solve become bigger than a person to love’…….. Thanks for reposting this. It is truly beautiful……..

  4. bardessdmdenton
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 14:36:08

    I think as writers we often look to the ‘outcasts’ or shadowed ones…because there seems to be something to uncover and discover.

    • granbee
      Apr 10, 2012 @ 02:45:27

      Diane, I think it is MOST appropriate that we writers shine light onto the “outcasts” and the “shadowed ones”, thereby showing what there is to love there!

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