The Gift of You

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I came out of the darkness

Awakened from a nightmare

I found you there

As if you had been waiting

All along


You took all my pain

All my despair

Spread it to the wind

Put my heart at ease

Caused it to beat

Let me smile

If just for a while…


Your eyes held me

Locked in time

Unable to take a breath

I could never ask for more

Only for less

Could never regret

Never forget


Because when I first saw you

I knew I was yours

prayed you were mine

Dreamed of a time

We were together

Many years later


Your kiss was unique

I felt you in it

As if we were one

Never before

Never again

Could I relive

Such bliss

Not even in sleep


Our time was short

But the pain is not

Not one memory of you

Haunts me

Except the one

Of you walking away


Two years have passed

And I still feel

that we were robbed

Of a gift

Stolen fate

Took you away


But I’ll always cherish

To the end of my days...


The gift

of you



For Bethany.



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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee Author

thank you very much redhera, that is amazing to hear from someone who just started reading my stuff. :]


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redhera 5 years ago from philippines

hi Ben i'm new here in hub. And i love all the poems you wrote.I enjoy reading it and it is absolutely great! You are a good writer and i admire how you think and write keep it up...Your works are so inspirational...Godbless


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

Such a beautiful poem with such a beautiful title. Perfection.


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Sweets21 5 years ago

A very heartfelt poem...beautiful I voted up!!


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celeBritys4africA 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

I like your poem, so inspiring........


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee Author

thank you allexia :]


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allexia26 5 years ago

That was so beautiful.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

Very touching!


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Jaggedfrost 5 years ago

hmmm that is mysterious. I hope it wasn't a matter of her getting pregnant and bolting. Women can be preemptive about emotional matters at times. I am sorry this didn't work out for you.


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee Author

3 months. 3 months of perfection. the best 3 months of my life.

no, no signs whatsoever

actually, at least 4 of my poems are about her.

this one, "a beaten path traveled", "what things we love and lose", and "spark's birth fire's end" are all related to her.


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Jaggedfrost 5 years ago

how well did you know her and were there truly no signs of distress or contention before that?


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee Author

Jagged - she walked away without explanation, and never spoke to me again. This happened at the peak of our emotions, when everything was perfect. Made no sense...

thanks for the read


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Jaggedfrost 5 years ago

an interesting outlook on love. I do hope nothing tragic happened to her. I am sorry for your loss of a sort. Truly sorry if it is unrecoverable.


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sarahowen 5 years ago from uk

lovely, beautiful, blissful, woeful, truth. simple yet complex well done.


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee Author

Docmo - thanks very much

Ariana - it was a true story :/


Ariana Brogdon 5 years ago

:(

I like this one, but it didn't turn out the way I thought it would.


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Docmo 5 years ago from UK

Beautiful, haunting and a true gift of poetry. Really enjoyed this benwritings, write more. voted up!


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee Author

Thank you, successfulhumour :D


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

We have all been there Ben, but not all of us can so eloquently express how lasting those few moments can be. A great piece of work. Cheers


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee Author

is 90 followers in 3 weeks good? haha

Thank you Epi da man!

Totally flattering comment


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epigramman 5 years ago

...some hub gremlins would not allow me to correct - 'pretty well sums of your entire output' to ' pretty well sums up your entire output' .... so here I am in comment part 2.


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epigramman 5 years ago

...well Master Ben - 900 followers in three weeks - this proves that you are a rock star of Hub proportions - in the esteemed company of Dylan Thomas, Jim Morrison, Charlie Sheen, Mother Teresa, Colin Farell, Bill

Gates and Moby!

It would take me an entire lifetime to come up with a title as simple and effective and perfect as THE GIFT OF YOU - and I really think that pretty well sums of your entire writing output up to now at Hubland with your flock of follower mania - yes Ben this writing talent that you've been blessed with is truly - The Gift 'from' you!!!!!!


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crystolite 5 years ago from Houston TX

Nice poem,thanks.


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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia

beautiful and heartfelt, love can be so bittersweet...

a beautiful write


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee Author

Nikki - thanks, yeah that one was my most heartfelt one.

and the song makes me shiver


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Nikkij504gurl 5 years ago from Louisiana

very beautiful, touching. heartwarming, sad. your definitely showing more of your softer side here. and i love the song.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Some loves don't fade over a lifetime even though they end prematurely. It's simply part of living and your poem describes it quite beautifully. It conveys the respect you feel for Bethany, Ben. I still feel a sort of "aura" around even the name of my first love, Kenneth. So special, unlike any other, though others have been very dear to me since and very much real in my life. But that sense of whatever it is - which started when I was about 7, remains. It's touched on in my hub titled "Lightning Could Strike" - not in poetry, but relating a lot of the story.

Anyway - it has been a part of my life all my life, even though it was never actually consummated. There was a connection much stronger than just physical. It really felt like we were each others' other half. One of the most indelible memories of my life was standing on a hill one evening when my mother and I were visiting his parents on what would one day become his ranch and he showed me where we would build our house. But, then, other influences came into it and we didn't get to go on with it as planned. Much later, 30 or so years later - we became friends, - each of us having other lives. But he died in 1984. It felt like it was losing part of myself all over again. I did a page on m website, too - commemorating him. http://nellieanna.com/kennethtribute.html after all those years had aged him. My pictures from earlier when we were young had been destroyed.

But who knows how it would have been otherwise. The fact is that it was not. and what IS is always the best. It is what we have to work with and shape into our true calling, our real lives. Regrets or pining over what is not is a sure way to lose the best of what IS. Glad you seem to realize that. But those sweet memories also enrich our lives and that is also good. You are doing it well.


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Elizabeth99 5 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

This is very sweet, so sad too :( At least you had each other for the time you did. Beautiful!


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee Author

Silver - thank you for that, what's really crazy about this one, is that I wrote it in about 5 minutes. I appreciate the comment and the read.

erthfrend - you have such lovely, flattering comments, and I believe that you feel my poems the way you say you do. That's special, thank you

Randy - It was one of the most passionate, real things I ever wrote. Thank you very much

Saddle - I hope she reads it too, just so she knows what she meant to me, and then she can reflect on her decision to walk away, knowing she was my everything. Thank you so much for the compliments


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

Doesn't LOVE hurt? yes it does, I have felt it's sting many times in my youth. Your gift of words just flow like water gurgling over a brooks pebbles.

I felt your love and loss all in one and I hope Bethany get's a chance to read her loss. I am with Randy that stanza was wicked, brilliant, Bravo and applause to you..keep writing.


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean

This was wonderfully passionate without being sticky; not easy to find. A joy to read. This stanza was especially lovely:

"Our time was short

But the pain is not

Not one memory of you

Haunts me

Except the one

Of you walking away"


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erthfrend 5 years ago from Florida

My heart felt this so deeply. I love everything about this poem. I was completely taken in by every word. Absolutely beautiful!


SilverGenes 5 years ago

This is beautiful, Ben. You have that gift of love forever held here in this poem. The entire poem flows like the dream you describe.


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SeenButNotHeard 5 years ago from Michigan

You may :)


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darklin 5 years ago

I know the pain of endings and I feel you have expressed it well in a very accepting way. I enjoyed this. Thank you.

darklin


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee Author

I could never be bitter toward the love of my life.

Thank you very much Seen. Is it ok if I call you by your first name btw?

Off to work...thanks for the read


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SeenButNotHeard 5 years ago from Michigan

Like I told you before, you can definitely feel more of your heart in this one than much of your other poems. The gentleness comes through the words clearly, and the loss is deep, yet not bitter. I nearly cried.


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee Author

Mentalist - thank you

Twilight - they were sweet and gentle memories, and i wouldn't want to betray them with anger or darkness. just truth.

Thank you


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Very lyrical poem from you Ben. It started out so optimistically and gradually spiralled down into the loss... a really gentle and natural progression. Very capably written.


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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

Blissful memories,lest this is all that is left,well done Ben.;)

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