Lifting Melancholy

Sometimes I feel just like a floating butterfly

That has just escaped the warmth of its cocoon

Or a free bird soaring high up in the sky

Other times, I feel more like a nearly deflated balloon


It's a wonderful feeling to spread my wings

A sense of hope and joy about what might come

Like the beautiful melody the tiny bird sings

Gently lifting spirits up to the heavens above


Lately there is a foggy sort of melancholy though

That clings just like a fine mist I cannot seem to shake

If I wanted to keep a solid heart of stone

I could make this feeling stay away


But that's just now who I want to be

Though it would even be so easy to love without reaching out

Just around every turn there are things to do and people to meet

Yet few take the time to really find out what another's all about


That's so very sad to me, at times acutely lonely

There is usually more to the story than actually meets the eye

We're all just too caught up in all our own priorities

To stop for those we know and love to invest our precious time


Stop and think instead, time may lift someone else's melancholy

There's just one thing I've found to be true

We cannot try so hard to help everybody

Accept things or do things the same way that we would do


So I just try to let my true heart show

With gestures, words, and phone calls

Perhaps it's meant to be that exactly how I'll never know

Still, I might be making a difference after all


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

You have expressed your thoughts beautifully here, dear Shan. I believe you are making a huge difference in others' lives. Sometimes we get bogged down in life and forget that even the smallest gestures of kindness or listening to another one goes a long way to impact another one's life.

Love Reba!

You are beautiful.

Voted up ++++ and away

Hugs


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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa

Shanmarie, this is so very true - "We're all just too caught up in all our own priorities"

But somehow there is always at least one person who comes to us, like an angel, to take the sting out of our melancholy. In the meanwhile the rest go on, learning what they have to learn to be, when the right time comes, the angel in another's life.

Beautiful, thought-provoking poem!


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

Your words ring a clear bell. Sometimes it's nice to feel melancholy and just do nothing, then we decide to step outside the box and try something new, at that time we are blessed to find an angel in disguise. Loved your thoughts.....


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you for your kind words, sweet Faith Reaper. You have a beautiful, loving heart and it shows. I am so glad to know you.

I certainly hope to make a difference somehow to others. Sometimes it feels more like I live in a bubble and can only watch life go on around me. It's strange and hard to explain, though. Melancholy is the only word I can think of. It's not that I don't enjoy life or see the hope, beauty, and love or that I am ungrateful for friends, family, and those that have positively impacted my life even in small ways. I cherish those people and times. And it's not an ever present feeling. Sometimes. . .I really don't know how to explain it.

Besides my immediate family of husband and kids, not a single one of my family or friends live in the same city and it has been that way for much of a decade. At times I have been without a phone or had a phone but no long distance. So communicating with these people was difficult. Some of these people are the kind of friends that it is as if no time has passed when communication begins again. Others decided that the lack of communication meant the end of a friendship. And then of course there are those that still consider me a friend but are too busy with their own lives to communicate for more than a minute here or there every few months or longer on Facebook anymore. It happens. We all get that way sometimes.. ..think about calling someone or writing and putting it off. And social media has become a sort of substitute for communication without any real communication. There is only one person that will call me if she hasn't heard from me in awhile or that will drive the distance to see me as often as she can and then I feel bad when I can't return the favor, except through calls and such when I'm able.

I love Reba too. I wish I could do an interview with her for my website. If I didn't end up sounding like just another starstruck fan. Haha. Those two songs were on some albums of hers I owned as a teen. They made me tear up every time I heard them. And I had trouble singing along with them. I wondered how in the world she could get through them without choking up. Yet the message of the songs is so poignant and relevant.

Thank you for your votes. Hugs to you!


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you for your sweet words, Martie. Experience has taught me that there is not always an angel, but that makes the moments when they do appear even more precious. Precious angels that are only human and doing the best they can. I will bet that you are such an angel or have been one to many grateful people.


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

That's very true, Ruby. I'm glad that you enjoyed my thoughts. Melancholy, for me, just sometimes comes with the territory. However, without such moments, I would not be able to fully appreciate the laughter and joy - or those angels!


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

Sometimes it only takes a moment to change someone's day or let them know you care. Continue to invest in both yourself and others . I hope your melancholy lifts.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and beautiful. A wonderful poetic journey and great music.


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, FlourishAnyway. :)


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Gypsy. I don't recommend listening to those songs if your'e sad, though! They can make me cry even when I'm not.

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