The Lesson of the Wound

Written By: Bruce Balin
(Posted August 2010)

Now hear my words... these are the words of the lesson...
I am a man, i am a wounded man, oh G-d, I am a deeply wounded man.
And in my fear and my pain and my fatigue I have covered my wounds with a blanket of lies and illusions.
For I would feel them no more, for I would see them no more.

And these are the words of the lesson...
I am a man, and when I would reach out to men, when I would walk among them and give them my love and take their loving for me,
My wounds rise up between me and them and turn me back against myself, no more, not again.

I am a man, and when I would reach out to my children and make a safe place where they might tarry a moment and learn before they go out and do their living,
My wounds rise up between me and them and turn me back against myself,
No more, damn your eyes not again!

I am a man, and when i would reach out to a powerful woman
That the two of us might come together and go to a place where no one goes alone,
My wounds rise up between me and her and turn me back against myself...

And theses are the words of the lesson...
I am a man, and I shall puncture a hole in the blanket of lies and illusions and peel it back
I shall go down in the shadow among the wounds and I will fight for my right to decide.
I will fight for my right to live.

And these are the words of the lesson...
I am a man, and I shall puncture a hole in the blanket of lies and illusions and I shall take a soft hand
And go down among the wounds and I will rub the salve of compassion and understanding.
Into these old wounds that might have a moment to heal...
That they might have a moment to close.

And these are the words of the lesson...
I am a man, and I shall own my wounds and all the power therein
And I shall reach out to men and walk among them.
I shall give them my loving and take their loving for me,
And I will surely do it.

I am a man, and I shall take up my wounds and all this power therein
And i shall make a safe place for my children to tarry a moment.
I will show them the wounds and the life that made them, that they might understand before they do their own living
And surely I will do it.

I am a man, and I shall take up my wounds and all the power therein and I shall reach out to a powerful woman
And I will share with her those wounds and I shall take her wounds for my own,
And we shall come together and with out power we will go where no one goes alone, The two of us and surely I will do it

And these are the words of the lesson...
I am a man. I am a wounded man.  I am a deeply wounded man.
I own my own wounds and all the power therein belongs to me to do with as I wish,
To do my bidding, and the world shall yet know the power of my loving...
The power of my wounds... and I surely will do it.