I Am Not Strong Today

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Photo by Gabriela Camerotti on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/face_it/

It’s my role, my life’s lot 

I’m not disgruntled

I wish not to be a martyr

But rather 

A smoother of feathers 

Calmer of waters

Catcher of fallers

I will adjust my schedule to see you smile

Stow my joy for another day 

Invite yours out to play

Retell the story to make you look better

Listen to you for hours vent

Bump your hip with mine to make you grin

I’ll shine my light and love on you 

Watch your fears melt away

Hold your hand and heart 

Sit with you and pray

I’ll kiss the owies with magical lips

Rock you till the tears are gone

Lend you my courage 

Advise you if I can

Then smile big until it soaks into your face

But who will hold me when I am down

Wipe the hair from my eyes and lift my chin 

Tell me tales, find my grin

Perhaps my champion is me

By healing them, I heal myself

I’ve found catharsis in my pen

Someone’s calling, I’ve gotta run

They’re feeling low, they need a friend

Comments 34 comments

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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

Yes. You're speaking for so many people here. So very many. I had to sigh real big after this one. Yes.


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

I'm glad it struck a chord with you Frieda. I'll sigh with you.


ftgfmom 7 years ago

This was good! Thats all I can say, I'm speachless.


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Thank you ftgfmom. Speachless is awesome. :)


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Jess Killmenow 7 years ago from Nowheresville, Eastern United States

This is a very large poem. Love your work.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

I'll cheer you up, Randy. You know where I am! You hit another home run. Wonderful job.


Am I dead, yet? 7 years ago

-sigh- Thanks Randy, thoughtful and wonderful work, as always. you are awesome.


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Large Jess? Do I need to put my pen on a diet.

Actually dohn, I don't. Google map?

I think we females are all sighing at this.... just something we do I guess. As always love to get your comments.


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Paris Injeans 7 years ago from The Green Hills of Missouri

Randy beautiful awesome work and the structure...the thoughts are amazing and the wording is scrumptious. It is not just that I love your work, I admire it.


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Elena. 7 years ago from Madrid

Hi there, Randy -- You know I hardly even comment on poetry, but this one... I understand perfectly what you're talking about, and all the sighs from the ladies here :-) I just ... how to say this?

"I will adjust my schedule to see you smile" is so unhealthy that I just don't want to even be close to identifying. You know what I mean?

At any rate, greatly done Ms Hips, because you've had me here trying to put down a comment that made semi sort of sense for the past 10 minutes! Besos!


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Paris thank you for you sweet comment. I am humbled by it. Really.

Hi Elena, There are a lot of "unhealthy" phrases in this I suppose. I was once told by a some what psychic girl, that my task in this incarnation was to be a helper and facilitator. Basically just here to steer others in the right direction. Some times I think she was right. Maybe my life isn't about me at all.


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Enigmatic Me 7 years ago from East Coast Canada

The realities we find oursleves in are often the positions we choose. As much as it hurts to realize/recognize, we are (sometimes) what we do... in other's eyes.

May we all learn from other's situations. But, also, be ok to choose this role when WE WISH... not when OTHER's DEMAND!

I find these words to be true for a former me. And for that I congratulate you in sharing this. I wish for you the freedom to be whatever role you choose to be when you choose to be it!


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Food for thought Enigmatic Me. I need to learn to balance what is good for me and what is good for others. I'm learning.


\Brenda Scully 7 years ago

i really liked this poem


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Earthscribe 7 years ago from Tampa, Florida

To heal others is indeed a polish of the mirror... *sigh* but one can run short of energy as we devote ourselves to others. "Perhaps my champion is me" says the truth of it, for we can help no one at all without a solid foundation.

Empathic expression, thanks for the meditative light.


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Thanks for popping by Brenda.

Earthscribe thank you for sharing your thoughts. We all need to take time to refill our own gas tanks, for sure.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

Very beautiful! (sigh)


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Come on Chris, tell me a tale. Make me grin.


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alekhouse 7 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

This made me cry, Randy, didn't see it coming. Nurturing can be very draining. I love this line: "Then smile big until it soaks into your face"

Such a good poem.............

And such good advice from Enigmatic Me. I can relate.


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Oh goodness Alekhouse, I'm glad to have moved you. That's my favorite line to.


\Brenda Scully 7 years ago

i will adjust my shedule to see you smile.... that really did make me smile.... would you do that for someone, well done you


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SEM Pro 7 years ago from North America

Eternal... profound...

Awesome poem Randy and does indeed speak of the depth of compassion and care that make life worth living :)


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Brenda I'm glad you enjoyed, and yes I do it often.

SEM, Thank you for your comment. "Profound" like that. :)


gwennies pen 7 years ago

Beautiful poem, Randy. One to remind us all to reach out to others in love and in need. It makes a great circle in life, doesn't it?


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

Your poem is lovely. The sentiments it expresses reflect a giving heart that knows the joy of serving others, wistfully.

I appreciate your words. Thank you for sharing your art.


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lilpichie 7 years ago

That was a very nice poem and I really connected god bless


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Thanks for the comment Gwennies Pen, indeed it does.

Hi James! I am glad you enjoyed this one.

Lilpichie, I'm glad you connected with this one.


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

I love your poetry Randy, you can almost get lost in it...sigh xo


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Hi stranger! There are more up beat poems of mine to get lost in for sure.


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R. Blue 7 years ago from Right here

Speaking of strangers....I loved this as I do all of your writing....keep on keeping on.


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Seriously Blue its been ages. Hope you are well.


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Nice to know you're about CG. :)


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norah73 7 years ago from San Manuel, AZ

sniff sniff ... That was a good one. You are in my head.


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

I love that I got inside your head Norah, high praise.

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