Learning to Fly (On the Way Down)

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She was strong enough to make the climb

Even while not feeling like it all the time

Inside, she always believed that she could soar

Though it often took all she had just to take a few steps forward

Something always seemed to knock her to the ground

Still, there was a determination down deep within to be found

A determination to, come what may, hold to the truth within her soul

Despite the many attacks on it and the struggles to remain whole

Each time she fell she simply picked herself back up

Always letting go to leave it all behind, sure enough

Until she stumbled somewhere along the path

Tumbling head over heels and something snapped

This time it seemed she lost all of her grace

Harder than ever before to put the pieces back in place

It was dark but somehow always with a tiny spark of lighting

Little did she know, all she had to do to find it was stop fighting

To gather up those tattered wings once more

Close her eyes, take a leap, and soar

She may never know what is to be in store

Or when the time is right to land ashore

But the heart can fly just as high, unbound

Even when the feet are chained to the ground




I love the lyrics to this song and the instrumental parts.

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billybuc 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

Very uplifting! A beautiful testament to the resilience of the human species. Nicely written!


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shanmarie 22 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Bill. Your words are very appreciated. Thank God for resilience! (I had actually edited that, but you read the first version, I believe, because you commented so fast!)


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Ericdierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

I liked it a lot, thank you for sharing it with us.


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shanmarie 22 months ago from Texas Author

Hi Eric. Glad you like it. Have a wonderful day!


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always exploring 22 months ago from Southern Illinois

I love this! Tattered wings can still soar. Yea...


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shanmarie 22 months ago from Texas Author

I think so, Ruby!


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ImKarn23 22 months ago

You're a survivor girl! You may hit the ground now and again, but who doesn't...

It's all about dusting off those wings..

hugs

xx


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fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

shanmarie.....You help us to believe in the powers of the human spirit...this is simply awesome. Bless your brave heart...Peace, Paula UP+++


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia

Very nice poem and I love the title and message Shanmarie. Spread those wings and soar. I loved the rhyme throughout, just the last two lines threw me. Maybe that was intentional for effect though. Well done anyway.


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shanmarie 22 months ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Leslie!


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shanmarie 22 months ago from Texas Author

What an unexpected compliment, Paula! That's humbling. Thank you.


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shanmarie 22 months ago from Texas Author

Well, Jodah, to be honest, it was not intentional, but it was what I wanted to say, the main point, and nothing rhymed. LOL Sorry to throw you off. ;)


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MsDora 22 months ago from The Caribbean

A beautiful and motivational message in these powerful lines. Thank you!


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shanmarie 22 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, MsDora! If it's motivational, I'm happy!


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shanmarie 22 months ago from Texas Author

There you go, Jodah. It's way too early for me to be awake. I woke up cold because my child stole my blanket and left me to sleep uncovered with goosebumps. Haha. But. . . it hit me that unbound rhymes with ground. ;) Thank you for pointing that out to me.


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Nellieanna 22 months ago from TEXAS

It's so personal and expressive, and, yes, as others have noted, it's a testament to the human spirit!


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shanmarie 22 months ago from Texas Author

Aw, Nellieanna. Thank you. But when I am thinking clearly and close to my best, I do not see it as anything more than just being a necessity of life to get back up when I fall down and to be grateful because somewhere else someone else is hurting more or suffering worse.


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Nellieanna 22 months ago from TEXAS

Ah, yes. Flying is not for the faint of heart. . . .


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shanmarie 22 months ago from Texas Author

:) It's no always easy and sometimes scary, that's for sure.


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defiantrobots 21 months ago from Florida

This is such beautiful poetry, thanks for sharing this wonderful work of art.

"But the heart can fly just as high, unbound

Even when the feet are chained to the ground"

Love that quote!


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shanmarie 21 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, defiatrobots. I love it too, because I had to learn that for myself.


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FlourishAnyway 21 months ago from USA

"Inside, she always believed that she could soar" -- it all starts with the belief. I like the determination that pervades this poem.


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shanmarie 21 months ago from Texas Author

Aw, thanks Flourish! I suppose it is a poem about determination - even after a fall. Your comment is particularly meaningful. Thanks again.


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LadyFiddler 19 months ago from Somewhere in the West

Hello to you again :) I believe within us we all have that feeling to soar, some of us just don't know where and how to get off the ground. It really takes a will power to do so.

I have flown many times and fell down but I believe those times are called. "Healing of the Wings" restoration to build that faith to fly again.

Have a Blesse day :)


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shanmarie 19 months ago from Texas Author

I suppose falling is part of flying, LadyFiddler. Sometimes it truly does require a tremendous amount of willpower to do so.

You have a blessed day as well.


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Kathleen Cochran 19 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Little did she know, all she had to do to find it was stop fighting - AMEN


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shanmarie 19 months ago from Texas Author

Hi, Kathleen. That line is particularly personal. Glad you like it. :)

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