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#180255 - 09/14/07 10:09 AM But I have stood
violet Offline
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Registered: 08/13/07
Posts: 118
Loc: US
Love is easy when it is still young,
Before trials of life have yet to appear.
Love is an exploration when it is new
When passion will not yield to fear.

But I have stood
With my head bowed in shame
With my hands covering my eyes
With insinuations
Driving through
Staking claims
Encroaching

Love is not easy when it becomes familiar;
And we would rather spend time alone.
Love is a stretch when priorities shift;
And we feel our value is clearly unknown.

But I have stood
With memories towering over me
With things left undone, unsaid
Eager to claim me
Marking with shame
Targeting for a final blow

Love is not fair when it presumes
Our choices have no consequences.
Love is not so generous when we
Cover wounds with sharp defenses.

But I have stood
With raging silence
With seething injustice
Vulnerable to every imagined slight
Spewing tirades
Drooling with bitterness

Love is not easy when it is challenged
By complicated issues that burden and frustrate.
But love is the simple yoke of healing
That keeps us from falling under its weight.

But now I stand
With the foundation of something new
With the assurance of a purpose
Inclined to look back
But always finding
The shadows under my feet

V.

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I was silent as a child, and silenced as a young woman; I am taking my lumps and bumps for being a big mouth, now, but usually from those whose opinion I don't respect. - Sandra Cisneros

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#180268 - 09/14/07 10:56 AM Re: But I have stood [Re: violet]
healingpartner Offline
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Posts: 407
wow....don't know what else to say, but wow.

Lorie


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#183218 - 09/28/07 06:19 PM Re: But I have stood [Re: healingpartner]
mmac Offline
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Registered: 09/21/07
Posts: 107
Loc: PA
Wow, V, that was hopeful, accurate and reaching.
Please keep sharing your art.
M:)

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"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results."

I cannot take your steps, but I can walk beside you, if you'll let me.

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#183292 - 09/29/07 06:04 AM Re: But I have stood [Re: mmac]
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Registered: 05/02/05
Posts: 22045
Loc: Carlisle, PA
Violet,

What a wonderful poem. I wish more of the partners would come in here with their poems. It's an important perspective for survivors to see, and to see it in verse gives such a powerful emotional edge to the message. Your poem is a very good example of that. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Much love,
Larry

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Nobody living can ever stop me
As I go walking my freedom highway.
Nobody living can make me turn back:
This land was made for you and me.
(Woody Guthrie)

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#183343 - 09/29/07 11:37 AM Re: But I have stood [Re: roadrunner]
violet Offline
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Loc: US
P.S. Had a question from someone about why the poem didn't seem to flow...

There are actually two voices alternating in the poem...one is the thoughts from a survivor in different stages of healing...the other is from his partner observing the changing nature of their relationship.

V.

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I was silent as a child, and silenced as a young woman; I am taking my lumps and bumps for being a big mouth, now, but usually from those whose opinion I don't respect. - Sandra Cisneros

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#183466 - 09/29/07 07:51 PM Re: But I have stood [Re: violet]
roadrunner Offline
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Registered: 05/02/05
Posts: 22045
Loc: Carlisle, PA
Violet,

That alternation of voices is what makes it such a powerful poem. It reminds me of how much I owe to all the partners I have learned from in F&F here.

Much love,
Larry

_________________________
Nobody living can ever stop me
As I go walking my freedom highway.
Nobody living can make me turn back:
This land was made for you and me.
(Woody Guthrie)

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