The Attack - A Poem

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The Caged Bird

You see her. She appears to be well fed and cared for. She must be happy.
Like many things that seem simple and clear, things are not always what they seem.

Eyes Deceive and the mind plays games.

You see with your eyes and think that you know
but there is so much more to show
Your blinded eyes stop at the first thing they see
but there is a lot more to me

You see desire and think the worst
but my desire was to heal a hurt
You see love and arm the attack
but its appreciation and respect, debts I'm paying back

You hear of a touch and think its romance
but it was a rescue from a saddened trance
You see me and perceive a threat
you imagine a meaning and create a web

You are right about every detail that you see
but you are completely wrong about me
A purposeful connection was sent
but you have guessed at the wrong intent

I have never been a thief
because what you steal you cannot keep
and everyday is a fight of spirit, body, and mind
to have just a small amount of stolen time

A word of caution I must give
for what you fear you will one day live
Thru no one else's fault but your own
who you have become can end up alone
when a spirit is healed it is free to chose
and unless you change you can lose
for a precious, gentle gift in your hand
when held too tightly will turn to sand
and before you are able to realize
the gift will have vanished before your eyes


Dedicated to a woman named after laughter... I still wish you peace.
Inspired by true events.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

wow this was amazing.. I kind of had goose--bumps after I read the attack.. and this could be dedicated to a lot of people.. bless you Moms.. and you're still in my thoughts ...Frank


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Moms-Secret 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Hello sweet Frank. I need your thoughts to offset the drama this person is sending my way. Thank You so much.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Your poem is fascinating and makes me wonder about what happened. People are so complex, hurtful, disappointing sometimes. You captured so much of this in your poem. Well done. Many votes!


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Moms-Secret 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

One of my dearest friends and martial arts coach has an extremely controlling, jealous, and insecure wife who has decided to confront me about things that she has imagined. Fun, right? I need that shit right now.

Kinda my fault, never warmed up to her but I read this & more on her from the first day. Didn't care to know her. I feel an extreme bond to him and my Sensei especially because they played HUGE roles in my healing so in some ways she is right. I do love him but the simple minded never understand how many different types of love exist.

Thanks for the awesome compliments and votes.

I don't like this kinda drama, not even on TV.


dessert bunny 4 years ago

Very beautifully written. I was thinking the other night that a widow is like a little orphan lamb. Taking a sip of milk from mamma sheep - one sip here and one sip there just to stay alive - not harming their own lambs. This being us - widows - sometimes reaching out to males for assistance with things that our husbands normally attended to like finding a good electritian or plumber or ............ whatever. Asking this friends husband and then that friends husband. Being very careful not to ask the same one twice otherwise the wives might get the wrong idea. It is such a different set of rules once you are widowed.


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Moms-Secret 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Its sad dessert bunny. I am not the type of person that can be squeezed into a type. I have been blessed. When I make true friends they want to take care of me. I don't really ask or expect it. If it is a couple, I usually get along with both. I am just not good with women with trust, control, or jealousy issues. Even if I were interested in a friendship, I make them look bad. I think your way is very respectful but it sad that you have to worry about the idea. People can't just be helpful to each other anymore without an underlying motive. And why can't people be honest with each other? Ask and I will tell you.


dessert bunny 4 years ago

I wonder why - tell me. We had so many friends (couples) but once I was alone they all disappeared. Yes very sad indeed - at the funeral all of them said if I need anyting I must just ask - but if you do not even get a call from them to see how you are doing then how must you have the courage to ask any help from them.So now I just get the info I need and take it from there.


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James-wolve 4 years ago from Morocco

Beautiful and wellconstructed.I voted up.

Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes are uncertain. People are irrational.That's why I like a small number of people in my life. The more people in my life, the more complex it becomes, so I just try to keep it at a minimum


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Moms-Secret 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Dessert Bunny - sigh. I really think that some people want to do more than they are truly capable of doing. Humanity is busy and often insecure. Most times we lack control and are too busy for compassion or to do the things that matter. I mean, just look at the way we are with our own families (marriages and children).


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Moms-Secret 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you for the wonderful compliments James. It is very nice to meet you. I talk to anyone and am friendly but like you, my truest of true are a select few.


Dessert Bunny 4 years ago

Moms-Secret - you are correct. I never thought about it this way.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

still looking for the one you posted ..:( but this one still shakes me girl :)


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Moms-Secret 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

I put a lot of myself into these works so I am very happy to hear that they affect you and how they do...


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

People's inner lives are fascinating--we are so much more and less than we seem--again, enjoyed this much!!!


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Moms-Secret 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Hello Audrey. I think that if we ever really understood that we do not know nearly as much as we think we do, we might be able to be better for it. Thanks for enjoying my work.


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PHILLYDREAMER 3 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

Sounds like a complicated situation. While your intentions are sincere, there may be an element between the wife and the husband that you don't see. Perhaps he is giving her a reason to feel this way. Maybe its unintentional on his part, but when you give another female attention and you aren't giving an equal amount of attention to your wife she is going to get jealous. Either way, it isn't your problem. The problem is theirs.


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Moms-Secret 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

It was an experience. One that I do not want to repeat. She is insane but I know she had her reasons. Unfortunately for my friend, she is like this with many of his male and female friends. I was just the worst case of her misbehavior. Thank goodness this was a long time ago. Hahaha. Experiences = Life.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Wonderfully written Moms. There are some great lines in this poem but no more so than the last verse. I can feel both turmoil and your strength of character in this poem. Love it. Voted up.


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Moms-Secret 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

These times were filled with turmoil but they are passed. Thank You for enjoying it and for your wonderful compliments.


Genevieve 24 months ago

It's a relief to find sooenme who can explain things so well

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