My Sweet Revenge

Real Picture of What I Saw Written on Someone's Door

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A little background . . .

Oh, what do I mean by sweet revenge? It’s about how the allure of revenge entices us to seek to claim what it promises. If only those promises were real, we would be forever grateful for such a quick fix to all our pain and suffering. Our wounds could heal without the reflection and forgiveness that only comes with time.

Revenge encompasses all of the acts of retaliation directed towards someone who we feel has wronged us in some way. Our quest for revenge can take many forms from passive aggressive acts such as ignoring someone to fits of violent rage. Why are we so quick to think of revenge?

We think of revenge as a means to feel better. After someone has treated us harshly, hurt our feelings or taken us for granted, we feel the intense pain of the betrayal of someone we cared about or even loved ~ thoughts of revenge may creep into our minds as a way to perhaps get the person who hurt us to feel that same pain.

Acts of revenge provide us temporary relief from our pain. However, they don’t help us heal. While we may think that we want revenge, we really don’t. What we really want when seeking revenge is for the people who wronged us to acknowledge our pain and try to make amends.

My poem is entitled “My Sweet Revenge,” and it tells of the struggle to understand the feelings of revenge and what they represent. It is a free verse poem. When I feel the need to burn someone’s house down in an act of revenge, I really want this person to say they are sorry for hurting me. Revenge is sweet because it is a simply a wonderful dream of trying to achieve something that is not possible. Someone who hurts you may never truly feel sorry. You can’t make another person care about you or your feelings. Once I am able to admit what I really want when I seek revenge, I begin to heal and finally start to let go of the one who has done me harm. Revenge is a prison from which we must all break free from in order to go forward with our lives.

My Sweat Revenge

First I thought

of every way

to harm your world.


I see you

on your knees

begging me

to stop the flames.


I see you

asking me

to stop the pain

allow your scar to heal

return your life –

whole.


All fleeting moments

of justice delivered

provide brief moments

of disillusioned comfort

unable to heal

my open wounds.


Whatever evil thoughts

come to mind

do not provide

what I need.


For my main thought

is of a dream

of the day

that you might grow

feel a heart-full emotion

ripped away.


Childish I know

to think such thoughts

of sweet revenge

never to come.


After all this time

finally I cried

for everything that was

that will never be again.


Wondering

if I feel sad enough

will you come

to ease my pain

provide comfort

for my missing heart.

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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

how do I comment on this.. ? emtions being challenged and I can understand your feelings.. well I think I can still well told so up and awesome


ExoticHippieQueen 5 years ago

Truthfornow, ah revenge. It feels so good and the moment, and then so awful later on when we look back over our shoulder at what we have thought, said, done. Great poem. Voted up and awesome!


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gailalovesbijou 5 years ago from Wyomissing, PA

Voted up, beautiful, and interesting. Karma takes care of revenge for you, because people always reap what they sow; in the meantime, forgiveness is liberating. Evocative poem. Nice hub!


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truthfornow 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

Thanks Frank Atanacio, emotions are complex.

I have regretted many of words said over the years @ ExoticHippieQueen, thank for the vote up.

Thanks for the vote up @ gallalovesbijou, Karma is slow, but we have to be patient.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

We're only human and when someone hurts us we feel revenge. I believe in Karma, so in a way that relieves the need for revenge. Interesting poem..Voted up...


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Pain does cause one to be revengeful and I really enjoyed this hub.


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

Best to let Karma run its course DDE.

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