We're Only Human


We're all just trying to make our way

Through this thing called life

But it's never black and white, only gray

With lots of joy and plenty of strife

We live and grow in spurts

Stumbling and falling as we go

Often giving until it seems it hurts

Yet also taking as we grow

It's a beautifully complicated dance

When we think we've learned the moves, they change

Still, we all do the best we can

To gracefully glide along when places exchange

Looking back, realizing we've been there too

With broken hearts and scars to heal

We've already walked at least a mile in those shoes

So we must remember that love is what's real

We all have our own points of view

That can skew even the best of intentions

However, we must forgive ourselves for that too

Because- in the end, we're all only human


© 2014 Shannon

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Very good poem shanmarie. Yes, we are "only human", but I feel we too often use that as an excuse for things and a reason for our failings. Voted up.

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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

This is truly lovely, Shannon. It rings so true.

Jodah has a point, if that's what happens and an excuse to keep making the same blunders is what it is. But it may be more vital and restorative if we can forgive our being human as we continue to learn from our mistakes and grow from step to step and from plateau to plateau. After all, errors that have been made can't be unmade. The best thing is to examine them, glean wisdom from them, forgive and let go of them.

Surely that's why we're here, being given our humanness and propensity for having to learn from experience. We're allowed to test it and see what works for the better and what doesn't. Wallowing in self-recrimination stops the positive growth as much as extending self-excuses does. It's part of the balancing needed to be a human-in-progress!

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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Morning Dear Shan, yes, indeed, we are certainly human. Your poem is relatable as all of us realize each day just how human we are, especially when our emotions tend to take over. I am so glad His mercies are new each and every morning. It is also comforting that he is not finished with me yet, and I have a long way to go. Up and more and away. Hugs

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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Hi Jodah. Yes, I think it could become an excuse to fail or for much worse. But humans are also often too hard on themselves and on one another.

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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Nellieanna, I was attempting to go to bed last night, but then ....well....I was working on the hub instead. Haha. And I knew before I started I would share this particular one with you directly. I'm sure you see why.

Our humaness truly is all we have to work with, but healing happens when we realize that both about ourselves and others. I always thought the lyrics to the Pam Tillis Marty Roe song are lovely and powerful. It speaks in the context of romantic love, but I think applies across the board and "love in time forgives us all."

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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

Beautiful poem capturing the truth of our life! Voted up and sharing.

Thx for Pam; haven't seen her in awhile!

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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Me too, Faith Reaper!! Every day is new and a new chance to enjoy the greatness of life. A new chance to forgive ourselves and others if need be. Though, I think many of us are hardest on ourselves rather than others. I told you in my Friendship and Love hub when you said something about my forgiving nature. I am only human too. :) Which is one of the reasons I forgive others so willingly, but I have to remind myself to include myself sometimes.

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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Hi Jackie! Glad you like it! I haven't heard anything from her in a while either. I don't even think that song was ever a single, but I used to have the album. My cousin would sing that with me and I would get stuck singing the male part. LOL

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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

How very true, your words ring true. Because we are human we all make mistakes, the key, saying, " I'm sorry. " and try not to repeat, which i have done in the past. Nellieanna said letting go and moving forward is essential and i agree.

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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Hi Ruby! It is most definitely essential. The alternatives are detrimental to ourselves as well as our relationships.

I have never been afraid to say I am sorry. Pride and sense of self keep many from taking that step to let go, though. Too much uncertainty in what will happen next.

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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

I'm glad you shared it with me.

Forgiving is itself a self-restoring act, whether of others or of ourselves. Forgiving, if honest and sincere rather than as a superior person taking pity on an inferior one (which can happen), IS an act of admitting to mutual humanness, so it has a side-effect of boosting one's own honest self-awareness, humility and love.

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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

It most certainly is! I have had that song in my head since last night. LOL

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wayne barrett 2 years ago from Clearwater Florida

Very nice work. We are a unique breed; good bad or indifferent. And we must take it all as a blessing from the cosmos.

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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Wonderful poem and yes, we all are after all only human.

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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear shanmarie,

Your poetry is wonderful in the thought provoking comments that you have inspired. You strike universal chords in all of us "humans" and you truly write straight from your beautiful heart.

I am listening to Pam Tillis...WOW - never heard of her but gorgeous. I would love to hear you sing this duet with your cousin.

Voted UP and UABI and sharing. Hugs, Maria

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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

It is a blessing, I think, Wayne!

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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Gypsy!

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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Hi Maria!

No, I don't think you'd want to hear me sing that. Haha. My cousin does, however, have a beautiful singing voice.

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