Carry Away My Selfish Pride

A friend of mine asked me to publish this for her. It's my pleasure to do so.

Alone - By Cheryl A.

You left me here without a home

Stranded and all alone.

And in turn your heart I seek

but still you turn away from me.

Such hope and delight I place on us,

When all you could muster was mistrust.

Fool me once, shame on you,

Fool me twice and no one else to blame.

So, in turn, I leave you be.

And adieu, this is the end of we.

So that I may piece together

what you have left behind.

And carry away my selfish pride.

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ImKarn23 2 years ago

hmmm...i don't believe that pride is selfish in this particular case..

Keep your head high and don't let anybody treat you bad!

Hugs my friend


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

No, sometimes pride is a matter of self preservation. Thanks for reading, Leslie.

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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

My mother's favorite cliche, ' Pride goeth before a fall. ' I believe differently, pride is a good thing. Walk away with head held high and if possible a little smile at the corners of the mouth tops it off. Hang in there.. Good one Shanmarie...

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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Hi Ruby! I didn't write that one; a very close friend of mine did. She asked me to share it and I'm honored to do so because I know folks like you will provide excellent feedback for her.

I think that in some cases pride does come before a great fall, but it isn't always a bad thing. It's when pride becomes cockiness or conceitedness that it becomes a problem, I think.

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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

References to ‘pride going before a fall’ are biblical and they refer to what was considered ‘vain pride’ or ‘vainglory’, which is excessive, boastful, or, in more current language, ‘full of itself’; or as Cheryl calls it, “selfish pride”.

This difference is similar to that difference between good cholesterol and bad cholesterol. One kind keeps one’s heart healthy and the other is dangerous to the heart. The good kind even helps prevent the bad kind from taking over, in both contrasts. When one knows one's own worth, downers from others can't take over.

Having pride really means having a healthy feeling of satisfaction derived from one’s achievements and honorable qualities and extends to having pride that those we love have such achievements and good qualities.

Knowing one’s own worth is vital to living fully and, In fact. It is unselfish because it carries it’s own weight and leaves a person freer to help others. The other ‘vain’ kind is about strutting, boasting and throwing one’s weight around, trying to outdo others and shame them to make oneself look better. (It's futile anyway and does 'go before a fall' eventually because it's built on hot air!)

I don’t know to what kind of split this poem refers, Cheryl, but it is good to piece together whatever may had been felt to have been damaged by it and get on with living fully, head held high. Go for it!

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ahorseback 2 years ago

Isn't that just like my humble friend to share someone else's poem ! You are awesome my girl ! Just awesome !.......Ed Oh and ah cute little photo of you there !

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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

That was basically what I was trying to say, Nellieanna, but your analogy more clearly describes it. I agree that is good to piece together the brokenness and to go on living fully. It's not really a "selfish pride" in that sense.

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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Aw. . .Thanks, Ed!

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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. This is real nice and yes, always hold on to your pride.

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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Gypsy!

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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

A very touching poem. You got to know when to hold 'em and when to walk away. Beautifully done.

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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Hello, tobusiness. She did write a very touching one, didn't she? And it is very well done.

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manatita44 2 years ago from london

Lots of promise from your friend, and great insight, too.

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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, manatita44. She would surely gather fans quickly on HP, wouldn't she?

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