Fighting Spirit (For Martie)

Her spirit is like a wild horse

Running wild and free

Let loose it longs to be

Where it can run full force

But somehow she knows

It can't just go where the wind blows

She must find a way to tame it

Without crushing it to save it

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Ericdierker 8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Very nicely done.


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shanmarie 8 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Eric. :) I appreciate your kind comments, always supportive and always seeing the best in me even when I blurt something out directly and without much filter.


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shanmarie 8 months ago from Texas Author

Martie, I'm so glad you like it! That conversation the other day with you really brought home how much alike we truly are. And for a bit I thought maybe we're too much alike to always get along well together. And then we talked some more and we are indeed very much alike, but you understand because you know. And that is truly priceless! So this very non-fiction piece is for the both of us. Hugs!


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Jackie Lynnley 8 months ago from The Beautiful South

This is a great poem you did for Martie.

Have you joined the new poetry site started by Jodah? You were one I thought of right away, a great addition. Hope you will.


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shanmarie 8 months ago from Texas Author

Aw, Jackie, thank you for thinking of me. That's always nice to know. It means a lot. I did not know about his site. However, if you or he give me more information, I'll certainly check it out.


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Faith Reaper 8 months ago from southern USA

This is really exceptionally well done, Shan, and a tremendous testimony to our lovely South African friend, Martie.

I hope you have a peaceful weekend ahead.


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MartieCoetser 8 months ago from South Africa

Shanmarie, please delete my first comment. That typo was not made by me! LOL! These were my words: Thank you for dedicating this very true and relevant poem to me. Both our spirits are like wild horses. Mustangs. Allowing them to be free, but keeping them on stable, is quite an art to master - a lifelong challenge!


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Jodah 8 months ago from Queensland Australia

Shanmarie, this is the link to a forum about the proposed website; http://hubpages.com/literature/forum/135479/call-t...


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ahorseback 8 months ago

Let that pony run , Is one of my favorite songs ever . That is perhaps your song , Shannie !


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shanmarie 8 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Theresa! I hope you have a wonderful weekend as well.


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shanmarie 8 months ago from Texas Author

No worries, Martie. It's gone. But it is good to have a sense of humor, huh? I left my reply to your original comment above.


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shanmarie 8 months ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Jodah! I'll take a look.


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shanmarie 8 months ago from Texas Author

Aw, Ed, that might just be one of the nicest things anyone has ever said to me. LOL. Travis Tritt "Great Day to Be Alive" for you (something in it about the solitary tendency that reminds me of you) and "Let That Pony Run" for me? I would prefer not to ride down by the river, though. I'd feel reckless and young out in the wide open - like the wild mustangs Martie mentioned. Although, I confess, my spirit pony must be tamed at all times. I have much more to lose than I gain when it runs too freely. She's right about it being a hard art to master sometimes.


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Jackie Lynnley 8 months ago from The Beautiful South

Talk to Phyllis Doyle here about it, or if you definitely want to I can put your name in, for not just anyone can join and must be looked at by a panel of five to keep out people with bad grammar or hostile attitudes, which I am very glad of.

For now I am sure it will be mostly poets and short story tellers from right here at HubPages.

The site is not up yet but getting there with lots of volunteers and we have our Audrey here even as our legal council, being an inactive lawyer in her own life. Seems great things are coming together.


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always exploring 8 months ago from Southern Illinois

Martie is one of my first hubber friends six years ago. We have traveled to great places. ( In our minds. ) She is a dear friend and this piece is perfect, wild in thoughts yet tame in actions. Love this!


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Jackie Lynnley 8 months ago from The Beautiful South

OIC, John gave you the link! Great.


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shanmarie 8 months ago from Texas Author

Hi Jackie. Yes, I'll try to look at it later this evening. I've been gone all day and this place is a total wreck. I guess I should try to clean first, maybe relax a little. It will likely be after the kids go to bed that I have time to do anything for myself. Unless I fall fast asleep, which is a very real possibility at this point. hahaha. But I do intend to at least look more closely at it. Thank you again for thinking of me.


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shanmarie 8 months ago from Texas Author

Hi Ruby. I'm glad that you approve. Going places in your minds can be just as fun as in person. :)


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Jackie Lynnley 8 months ago from The Beautiful South

I got you shanmarie; I am into spring cleaning without the kids and only see this place in a much needed break if I am lucky!


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CrisSp 8 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Why tame it? Let loose. Let be!

Lovely thoughts, wisely penned. Nice photo and music to complete it.


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shanmarie 8 months ago from Texas Author

Wanna clean mine for me, Jackie? LOL.


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shanmarie 8 months ago from Texas Author

Hi, CrisSp. In my case, it really is to save it. The trick is to learn how to do so without crushing it. It seems so much easier to keep it at bay around strangers. The closer I am to someone, the more dangerous just letting it be becomes.

I just realized that sounds like I'm violent or something. I'm not. Quite the opposite. I'm just intense, I guess, for lack of a better word. I want to just be and just be me, wild and free or not. It's a natural instinct to defend myself or my thoughts and to speak my thoughts. I'm usually not feeling any sort of aggression or animosity. There's this issue with perception, though. LOL And it happens probably most often in writing, but sharing all of what's a part of me at any random time is not necessarily a good thing. It leads to misunderstandings that can and do blow up in my face. I think differently sometimes, make connections that others see as insignificant, intrusive, or obsessive. . .And I can be opinionated, but mostly I am just sharing because to really know someone is special to me so I share myself when I'm bold enough. It's so easy to misjudge or misinterpret another's motives and even their feelings. It comes off as anything from aggressive to overly-sensitive.

Sometimes it's about really trusting someone's faith in me and love for me enough to believe I am free to be free. But reality has a way of knocking a person down to size. How often is one truly free to be one's self - open, honest, and free? We learn to adapt to certain situations and to certain people. It's possible to do so without losing oneself. Though I admit that just letting it be is the most desirable course of action quite a bit of the time.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 8 months ago from Riga, Latvia

Nicely penned and great choice of music.


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shanmarie 8 months ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Gypsy! It is a good song. :) I found it after I wrote that. I think I was listening to an old play list. LOL


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ChitrangadaSharan 8 months ago from New Delhi, India

Nice expressions and beautiful poem!

Loved the picture and the video.

Thank you!


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shanmarie 8 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you for reading, ChitrangadaSharan!

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