Behind the Good

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Tell me friend, what do you see

When you see some of the worst in me

To allow it to be seen

Leaves a heart open to vulnerability


When I'm open and exposed

And feelings seem to just explode

Oozing forth like a science model volcano

Until people - they just let go


People can be so very fickle

They are often unpredictable

One moment loved for who you are

Then loathed for taking things too far


Is it even humanly possible

For someone else to see it all

Including the darkness behind the good

That fuels the strengths as nothing else could


Or is it always to be expected

Should it be suspected

When one lays out both one's soul and heart

That relationships will fall apart


Dark Side - Kelly Clarckson

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Nikkita Marie 19 months ago

Beautiful poem, I like this so much :)


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Ericdierker 19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

This is a fantastic poem. Wow! A perfect treatment of one of our human conditions. I won't write anymore for fear of exposing myself.


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Frida Rose 19 months ago from Maryland

I can so relate to this poem; I tend to wonder if someone will accept the bad along with the good. The song is also perfect, one of my faves from Kelly Clarkson.


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shanmarie 19 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Nakkita Marie! It seems we share a middle name.


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Larry Rankin 19 months ago from Oklahoma

Wonderful work!


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shanmarie 19 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Eric. I always appreciate your comments.


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drbj 19 months ago from south Florida

As mere humans, sometimes we are reluctant to let others know everything there is to know about us. Your lovely poetry said it so well.


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shanmarie 19 months ago from Texas Author

Hi, Frida Rose. Parents love their children through it all and children usually reciprocate. But romantic relationships do not always fully accept the bad. And friends even less often.


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shanmarie 19 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Larry!


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shanmarie 19 months ago from Texas Author

You said it - mere humans. With so many dimensions to our personalities.


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manatita44 19 months ago from london

Thanks Shanmarie,

Thoughts to reflect on and loving poem. Much peace.


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AudreyHowitt 19 months ago from California

Beautifully said!


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tillsontitan 19 months ago from New York

Nicely said. So sad but true. One never knows what vulnerability they will face when they bare their souls.

Voted up, awesome, and interesting.


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shanmarie 19 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, manatita. Much peace for you too.


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shanmarie 19 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Audrey! Glad you like it.


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shanmarie 19 months ago from Texas Author

Hi Mary. Thank you for the votes. One may not fully be aware of what kind of vulnerability one faces, but I believe many know baring the heart and soul creates it. If not careful, it can cause one to become jaded.


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Jackie Lynnley 19 months ago from The Beautiful South

Seems to be the way it goes doesn't it? Well expressed! ^+


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Muses on Life 19 months ago

This is such a poignant poem


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Faith Reaper 19 months ago from southern USA

Hi Shan,

Another beautifully written and powerful poem on the human condition for sure. We can be tormented at times in just deciding whether to bare our souls to another and know that it may be too much for the friendship to withstand. I am reminded that perfect love casts out fear, but is such a perfect love found in our friendships and other relationship or only in our relationship with Him ...

Up +++ pinning and sharing

God bless you and sending lots of hugs your way


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ChitrangadaSharan 19 months ago from New Delhi, India

Beautifully expressed! You conveyed so much in few words.

The quotation at the top is so true.

Wonderful work, well done and voted up!


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Kathleen Cochran 19 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Wow. I mean, just Wow.


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shanmarie 19 months ago from Texas Author

Seems to be, Jackie. Thank you for the vote and sharing. Much appreciated.


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shanmarie 19 months ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Muses. I peaked over at your profile and I look forward to reading your work.


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shanmarie 19 months ago from Texas Author

Hi, beautiful Faith Reaper! Thank you so much. Powerful is a word that amazes me. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate it and it humbles me. It is just an unexplainable feeling. I often write just because I need to and I dreamed of being able to move someone's emotions through lyrics, a poem, or writing - ad with music - because THAT, to me, is powerful. It works through sincerity of emotion even when a poem is not directly inspired by or about me. Sometimes I think I can be too emotional and then I do something people seem to respond to and I'm just humbled. Even though I love the way poetry, writing, and music move people, I never set out to intentionally manipulate someone else's. I just say it or tell it. Does that make sense? It just awrs me.


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shanmarie 19 months ago from Texas Author

Aw, thanks ChitrangandaSharan. I appreciate your words. I am also glad you find that quote to be true.


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shanmarie 19 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Kathleen! What can I say to that? Perhaps what I said to Faith Reaper? Thank you.


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Sparklea 19 months ago from Upstate New York

A beautiful poem full of expression and genuine emotion. Never hesitate to lay out your heart and soul. So many keep it inside...I know I do at times to avoid conflict...Your writing is exquisite, you say so much with so little words...a real gift. God bless, voted up and beautiful. Sparklea :)


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shanmarie 19 months ago from Texas Author

Thanks so much, Sparklea!! (My autocorrect tried to call you sparkles). Actually, I usually do hold things inside. It's when I don't that I feel the most vulnerable. Sometimes it is worth not keeping it all inside, though. Almost like a perishable gift.


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Diana Lee 19 months ago from Potter County, Pa.

Poetry that gives such great meaning in very few words is the best kind of all. You have us reading between the lines. Voted up.


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shanmarie 19 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Diana. That is quite a compliment. I've been over to visit your profile. I look forward to reading your work. Thank you for stopping by mine. Pleased to meet you.


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shanmarie 19 months ago from Texas Author

Oh, good grief. Spelling errors and bad autocorrections in my comments. Sorry, folks!


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FlourishAnyway 19 months ago from USA

A very raw and vulnerable poem. Well done.


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shanmarie 19 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Flourish. So good to see you.


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billybuc 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

I loved the opening stanza. I think you are speaking for many people...we are all so vulnerable and in need of respect and validation. Beautiful work!


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shanmarie 18 months ago from Texas Author

Yes, Bill, I thunk that we all are vulnerable if we care for someone else. Unless one is a true narcissist or a psychopath, there is always a degree of vulnerability involved with letting others fully know one another. We look for the good and the things in common, but then turn away when the less desired traits surface. It can be rather disheartening.


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AudreyHowitt 18 months ago from California

So beautiful and open!


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shanmarie 18 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Audrey!

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