At the very core of my being There is a living and all-powerful force Protecting me from the evil forces Sent to besiege and to destroy my spirit  I have been touched by tarnished hands Yet I’ve remained untouched  I have been seen with unwanted eyes Yet I’ve remained unseen  I have heard the sound of words Which were destructively piercing to the ear Yet I only hear the essence of my beauty being expressed  The tinge of filth has been poured upon me Yet I’ve remained as fresh as a blossoming flower  I have tasted the bitterness of abuse Yet my tongue continues to utter Sweet words of praises To the unyielding…Everlasting…All-Encompassing God within me  This strength prevails because The inner eye sees not like the outer The inner ear hears not like the outer The inner nose smells not like the outer And the inner mouth tastes nor…