If Only I Were

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If only I were bulletproof
The words they shoot could not offend
If only I were bulletproof
I would not be afraid

If only I were bulletproof
Opinions would not break my skin
If only I were bulletproof
I would not feel a thing

If only I were diamond cut
I could not shatter easily
If only I were bulletproof
I could endure the pain

If only I were hardened steel
These arrows could not puncture me
If only I were bulletproof
My shoulders would not strain

Alas, I am not bulletproof
But wounded here upon my back
If only I were bulletproof
But no, I am too weak

I never could be bulletproof
And so I fell to these attacks
But though I am not bulletproof
I still refuse retreat

Stigma

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Defiant against you, stars
I brandish my stigma

Disarm me if you dare

I should damn myself
In shameless flair
Before I let you blaspheme
The air of those I adore

Defiant against you, sky
I sew no heart upon my sleeve

Take it if you can

I would spill it upon
These eternal flames
Before surrender could infect
My weary veins

Defiant against you, glass
I repent your misspent form

Echo me if you dare

I would recant, unswayed
This soft visage I bear
Before I forfeit a meager ounce
Of these sacred tears