Challenger . . . you.

 Oh, how you challenge me

You think you know me so well

And maybe you do

Which makes me suspicious

That you are someone else

You say you know things of me

That I haven't told you

That you feel them

That they shine through me . . .

 

But you've seen my face only in still

Heard my voice only in text

Felt my pain only as I present it

And responded only to what you could answer.

 

And, oh, how I challenge you back

I don't know you hardly at all

Or maybe I do

Which makes me vulnerable

Enough to question myself

And I only know of you

What you are willing to tell me

But I feel them as shields

Protecting you from what you are hiding . . .

 

But I've seen your face not even in still

Heard your voice only in text

Felt the pain you refuse to present

And respond to the confusion with which you fill me.

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rosescottw 7 years ago from Los Angeles, California

Dear Jonathan,

And I say 'Dear' because you are a romantic. I like recognizing the romantic quality in hub writers. It is much the same as when I open up a poetry book and is swept across time to that little moment in time when the writer takes pen to paper to write something that would some day move me, stir me from my stillness. You are universal. You truly address this poem to the reader, and so carefully you address it to those readers whom you know, think, and feel as you do.


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Jonathan Janco 7 years ago from Southport, CT Author

rosescottw,

Thank you for your comment and for the encouragement:)


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myownworld 7 years ago from uk

loved this! very powerful poem, I must say! keep posting


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Jonathan Janco 7 years ago from Southport, CT Author

my own world,

Thank you for the comment. "Powerful" is such a powerful word to me.


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HattieMattieMae 5 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

Your a golden soul! :)


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Jonathan Janco 5 years ago from Southport, CT Author

HattieMattieMae

You are quite the individual yourself. I'm glad we both took the time to know a little of each other.


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HattieMattieMae 5 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

Your right! :)

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