The Poet's HeartHere’s a story for you:

A friend of mine once said to me, “I don’t know how you write about things from the heart and then show them to the world. I make art, but I don’t take it personally when someone doesn’t like a piece. You, though. You put your heart out there with every piece, ready for the slaughter.”

We were walking in the woods at the time, a group of us, walking two-by-two on a muddy path. I thought about his words, and said, “You met your wife when you were teenagers. You only have eyes for each other and everybody knows it. But in all that you do, working your career and giving speeches for your employer and creating art when you come home, your heart is very much out there and it can be rejected just the same. Your courage comes from knowing that your heart is safe, that she protects it. The only difference is that the safest place for the poet’s heart is out in the open. So that’s where I put it.”

In one way or another, we all put ourselves out there every day. Because of this, we’re all a lot braver than we realize.

Jody Brown is the author of Upside Down Kingdom, and is a multi-blogger, poet, and traveler. To learn more about her current writing projects, or for ways to donate toward their completion, see