A Dance With Death

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Today I'm not of flaming ire.
Years have tamed the raging fire.
My energies are better spent
avoiding that which I resent.

I wasted years in anger's grasp,
poisoned by its venomed asp...
driven by its raging flames...
tortured by its vengeful games.

Inflamed by all that was unfair,
entrapped within resentful snare
until my heart could stand no more
and Death came knocking at my door.

Haplessly Death entered in,
invited by my angry sin...
threatened by my own demise
a dance with Death opened my eyes.

Left me spent of energy
to stew on all that burned in me...
Left me with perspectives new.
Priorities took root and grew.

A gift of vision was given birth
by dancing to Death's meanest mirth...
Clarity of heart and soul
then smoldered deep like burning coal.

The war that raged so valiantly
now seemed but empty vanity,
and I surrendered, ceased to fight,
embraced forgiveness of my plight.

Grace became my cherished friend,
allowed perceptions to transcend...
the glass, half empty, overflowed
and gratitude became my code.

In part, the problem for too long,
I was given a brand new song...
each new day to seek and find
the tune for which I was designed.

I avoid a flaming ire,
a dance with Death put out the fire.
My energies today pursue
with grateful heart life's scenic view.

"Copyright 2011, All Rights Reserved."

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bellawritter23 5 years ago from California

This was (excuse my language) F'en awesome. I had to express it that way. I was in your poem. You placed me in it. I loved this tnderhrt23. Voted up useful awesome and beautiful.

smiles :)

bella


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I think know the event to which you refer, and you were right to let go and let God.

I'm glad you're still around and at peace, sweet lady.

Voted up and beautiful.


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

bella, Girl, you move me to tears! Truly...


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

WillStar, you do. God gave me a second chance, and gave me peace that passes understanding along with the responsibility to share them...I am forever grateful to be alive, and to share.


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vietnamvet68 5 years ago from New York State

I have to agree with bella on this one, it is freaking awesome. Beautifully done.

God Bless


RHeydrich 5 years ago

I enjoyed this immensely. You have a way of expressing emotions that I can feel. Wonderful poetry.


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

vet and RHeydrich, thank you sounds so inadequate to me, but thank you, it is. These things seem to write themselves...I hold the pen, yes, but the words themselves amaze me. It is Divine, it must be...I am grateful for the awesome feedback from all of my readers. It gives substance and purpose to the events that inspired them.


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carrie450 5 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

A very powerful and beautiful poem tnderhrt23. Voted Up.


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cwarden 5 years ago from USA

Wow this was such a beautiful poem, I had to go back to read it again. Excellent - Thanks!


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

carrie, thank you. Your comment means so much!

cwarden, You are so welcome, and I thank you for the "double read" and comment! ;~)


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bellawritter23 5 years ago from California

Viet I meant the other F word lol Cuz thats what I think lol bad language poor language but yes!!!!


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

Brilliant and magnificently weaved, your artistry is guided by a power bigger than yourself, that I can feel for certain. We are moved from deep within our souls and our pens take on a life of their own as we mere scribes lay it to paper.

I saw you sitting there under a dim wicked candle, I smelled the wax dripping to the tray as your spirit drew these verses from your past and sent a healing through your veins. This is beautiful, I am touched my fellow poet. I rate this work way beyond UP...bravo/applause


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

saddlerider, not the first time today, but your words moved me to tears. Yes, that is indeed it, and healing flows through my veins, with this write in particular, but with many that I have posted here. It has been long awaited, and long pursued, my friend...Thank you for seeing and being a part.


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

A note to all my readers...I love you, truly!


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Emily40 5 years ago

wow very good love how you blend your words:)


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Emily, thank you, so much!


janbee 5 years ago

I totally agree with Saddlerider1.....he has captured the essence of this poem...This is undoubtably one of your BEST writings ever! The hand of God guided your pen,and I am so glad that you are now 'Free' to seek happiness in your life!Voted up and over the top!


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FaithDream 5 years ago from (Midwest) USA

What strong imagery, very powerful. The photos just cap it all off. This is a great poem.


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Dark_mind 5 years ago from Space

Danse Macabre... Life's full of coincidences. Great hub T. :)


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

janbee, thank you!

FaithDream, thanks so much!

Dark_mind, it is true! Thanks!


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Daunte Loper 5 years ago from Detroit Michigan

Excellent!! I voted this one up and awesome. Well done


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

A beautiful poem and a beautiful/awesome and up for this one.

Thank you so much for sharing

Take care,

Eiddwen.


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getitrite 5 years ago

Great content and style. I'm trying to get to that place.


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

getitrite, thank you so much for the read and comment!


Fay Paxton 5 years ago

I have read so much bad poetry, I deliberately avoid it.:) I am trying to think of some uncommon superlative...all I can come up with is magnificent, awesome, fantastic! I am so glad you visited my hub and helped me find yours.


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Fay, I am thrilled! Both that you like this piece, and that I found your hub as well!


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Nat Amaral 5 years ago from BC Canada

An excellent piece of work. Thanks for sending me this.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

You keep getting better and better, fantastic write and applies to many of us from out youths till we have a few hard knocks and finally wise up and mellow out!


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Thanks, Fossillady. It is true. Sometimes it takes the old "cosmic 2 x 4" to get our attention and shift our priorities...


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

In a way, when we are at our lowest ebb, we rise to greatness, and this you have accomplished with a beauty that stirs the heart. Thank you.

God Bless


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Ruby, thank you for that. I can't take credit, for it was God's Hand that took control, when I was out of control. I am deeply grateful, for many things, but one this is for certain, I am grateful for Hubpages, and for you!


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Wendy Snow 5 years ago

simply....beautiful


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Wendy, Thank you! I so appreciate your read and comment.


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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia

inspiring and beautiful, I agree with what so many have already said, simply amazing work, this touched my heart and I thank you for it


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

nighthag, I am thrilled that you came by, and even more thrilled that you liked this piece. Needless to say, it is a true work...and I am grateful for it...take good care my hub-sis!


Marina Lester 5 years ago

Beautiful, a dance with death will set it right. A powerful woman, brought into her darkness she found her light! How glorious the morning is after the night... A wonderful inspiration, you continue to touch peoples lives with your art. Loved this piece and your pictures were awesome choices as well. :D


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Marina, Your comment choked me up! Thank you...


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

This is wonderful in many ways.

I like the dark, passionate opening, and the transformation into forgiveness and beauty.

All the way through, it flowed well, and was very touching indeed.

I will read more of your stuff soon, for sure.

And thank you for your feedback on some of mine as well :]


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

BenWritings, I am honored by your visit and pleased that you liked this. It is a true write, of the path my life has traveled. I am blessed beyond words, truly. Your talent shines through your work, and I look forward to reading more from you! Blessings!


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RichERich1175 5 years ago

Your poetic artistry shines again and again. The imagery is haunting! Beautifully crafted!!


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

RichE, this one wrote itself...that is the only way I can explain it...it is true, it really happened and no embellishment here at all. My gratitude know no bounds, and it finds its way onto paper...I thank you for your most awesome comment!


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lilbittykitty90 5 years ago from Here

"I wasted years in anger's grasp,

poisoned by its venomed asp...

driven by its raging flames...

tortured by its vengeful games."

words i know all to well. I love this written beautifly.

thank you for sharing.


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

lilbittykitty, just from reading your work, I knew this...God love you, Darlin, I so know that pain! and know what? for me, as I suspect with you, some of that raging anger was well deserved...but it only hurts the angry...that would have been me...didn't even scathe the objects of my anger or my tormentors...thank you for your visit here, and your wonderful comment. Blessings to you, my Hubfriend!


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IamMaster 5 years ago from USA

Truly enchanting! I must saw, you snared me in the weave of poetry flowing from line to line. Its smooth rhythm rocked me bit by bit until it seemed as if I had merged with the poem, joined by all of its brilliant emotions. Excellent job, you just made a fan out of me!


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

IamMaster, I am very pleased! Thank you!

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