The Wounded Soul - A Poem

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The Wounded Soul

This poem is about the research work done by John Bradshaw describing how the Inner Child is being wounded through Abandonment and lack of parental care as described by Erik Erikson in his Epigenetics Theory.


Trudging haplessly

Peeking curiously

Dreading the altercation

Going deeper into

The bottomless pit

Trapped in the utter servility

Learned through the regimen

Of the injunctions heaped upon


The sheer innocence

Of the lamb, blindfolded

Treading through the darkness

Never discerning

Adrift, oblivious to the conundrum

Ambling along,

In a trance like state

Laughing through the rain

Crying through the sunshine


The road seems endless

Unfeeling, unmoved

By the ordeal

The wounded soul

Is enmeshed

Of the tangled wires

Ensconced upon

By the poisonous pedagogy

That’s being fed to the lambs


Until the time comes

It becomes a bitter pill

Swallowing it is suffocating

Repulsive, appalling

The only recourse

Is to go through the pain


Feel it, savor the moment

Grieving through the process

Of enlightenment

Embracing life’s

Unreserved bliss


Freeing the lamb

And let it scamper freely

Unhampered, liberating

The autonomy felt

Of the cleansed Spirit…


Copyright: Raci Niwa February 7, 2012

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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

This was simply amazing.. that's it.. amazing


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas

Incredibly profound and painful - with enough glimmer of hope to rise above the storm.

Bookmarking to my thought provoking poem file. Voted up


Vincent Moore 4 years ago

I totally agree with missolive. This is self examination and provoking. There are so many wounded in our world, deserving of more than what life gives them. Love must prevail over all things and hope. Simply beautiful, well scribed.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I can not think of a better word than amazing and beautiful and wonderful. I loved it....


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shimmering Dawn 4 years ago

Deep and painful, there are many out there wounded by the selfishness of some.. hurting because of a world that does not care. Beautiful!


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

The imagery of lamb is truly wonderful. Your evoke eternal sadness in your poem.

But I appreciate the esthetic quality of your composition.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Very deep and told in your own natural way.

An up up and away without a doubt.

Take care and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

thank you Frank...you're simply amazing too, to be so responsive...have a great day!!!


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

Hello Miss Olive! glad to see you...it's a great pleasure knowing you like this poem,...and yes, you are right, each soul that's wounded has an unexplained sadness deep within in which others can't even name the feeling...


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

Hello Vincent! i'm glad to read your wonderful insight regarding its theme...and i agree with you that each of us deserves to be truly happy, and free our spirits from the clutches of despair...


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

Hello Ruby!!!your presence is always a relief to me and i always look forward to it...take care....God bless!!!


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

Yes Shim...we are hurting because we're not given the chance to exercise our will power and our spiritual growth is hampered...thank you also for the deep understanding of this hub...


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

thank you Vinaya, i'm using the lamb to symbolize our true strength and also our innocence that is supposed to cultivate our creativity which Carl Jung fondly calls the "wonder child in each of us...


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

Great to see you Eddy...thank you for always inspiring me with your strength and courage...


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Gypsy48 4 years ago

Excellent poem, very talented writer.


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

oh, thank you Gypsy for the wonderful comment...have a great day...


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Wow Raci,

You have outdone yourself :))

amazing work. It has so much of pain in it and yet I was attracted to read more.

you are truly talented, Raci.

Keep it coming, my friend!


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

thank you Ruchira for the empathy...as i open my eyes, there lots of pain around me...this pain is not just for me but for people who are dear to me...


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cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

I love your poetry,

I can feel your words.

Your soul speaks with softness, like a waterfall that hits on a butterfly's wings.

You are a gentle loving spirit, that I would like take with me on trip to the stars.


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

thank you so much cleaner for leaving such marvelous comment...it's because i want to free the child within...i'm touched by your tribute...but i'm so low now for i just heard the death of Whitney Houston...


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DREAM ON 4 years ago

Very beautiful.After watching the video I walked away uplifted and feeling free.What a combination.


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aware 4 years ago from West Palm Beach Florida.

raciniwa . You write beautifully. To have an artist like you , see worth in my attempts at poetry is a moral booster . ty so much for taking the time to read . and for your kind words.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

nice once again, raci. i love your work!


Phoebe Pike 4 years ago

Beautifully written. It was an absolute delight to read, despite it being tragic.


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

thank you Dream On for sharing the emotion with me...yeah, walking out of the clutches of darkness is always a choice...


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

You are very much welcome aware, and yes, each person is worth his/her salt(an famous idiom on letting a person realize that everyone has this innate potential...just follow your heart...thank you also for visiting...i appreciate it very much...


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

oh, thank you once again Justin...your presence is always welcoming...


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

thank you for the honest compliment Phoebe...as i read John Bradhsaw's book, i realized the impact of abandonment in a child's life, and on how was it sabotaging his/her life...


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makusr 4 years ago from India

Raci, so much sadness! Your poetry, the topic, the words that you have chosen to express all add to the sublime quality of the poem. The way your emotions flow is amazing. Such deep feelings and love for the deprived and downtrodden make this poem a piece worth collecting. I am in awe of your talent my dear friend.

Manoj


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

Greetings Manoj,

undergoing depression is an awakening for me...and yes, because of the sadness i went through helped me realize that I am not alone, and help will surely come to those who will seek for it...thank you for the appreciation, i am always grateful by your presence...do take care...


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KrystalD 4 years ago from Los Angeles

I identified with the blind folded lamb. Inside of us we have that innocent, freightened child. Wonderful poem that really brings to life the journey of the inner child, raciniwa!


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

Yes, KrystalD...we are born innocent...ready to explore the world, until such time that our wonder and awe were curtailed by the limitations set for us, thus numbing our hurts, bruising our soul...

Thank you for leaving such an insightful comment...


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

hello Mahua...a comment such as yours brings light to my hectic day...thank you for dropping by...have a great day...


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thumbi7 4 years ago from India

Hi Raciniwa

Your poem is very touching and sad

You are a talented writer

Voted up


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

thank you thumbi for the wonderful comment...it adds spice to my life...have a great day!!!


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nityanandagaurang 4 years ago

beautiful poem with beautiful picture.Interesting and voting it up.


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

thank you so much nityanan for visiting and leaving a wonderful comment...take care...


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ahorseback 4 years ago

Raciniwa , When I read these words I saw myself as the inner child . For that IS who we all are . How did you know me!....:-} Seriously this is an awesomely worded and thought out poem. As if you know that child . For you , I wish a peaceful and serene acceptance.....I know this comes from the child in you. And to comfort that child youu may climb right under my wing!....:-}


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

thank you ahorseback for the comforting words...yes, i write not just for myself but for the all the people who have inner child...i wish you serenity and blessings as well...


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

What a gorgeous piece of work! You should be so very proud of it!


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

Oh, thank you Audrey...and yeah I am...


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Astra Nomik 4 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

I love how, even in the depths of the deepest trough, that we can find it in our spirit to gain the courage and strength and rise above the very things that hurt or pain us. Wounds do heal eventually, but they take time. I love the subject of this hub. You are a great writer. :)


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

oh, thank you Astra for uplifting my spirit...yes, if we find the courage to do so...we will eventually overcome it and be free...


onlooker 4 years ago

Beautiful poem. The lost blindfolded lamb, uncertainties of the rain and the sun or the days...loved every bit of it. Thank you.


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

thank you onlooker...and yes the lamb is being led in this world, without knowing where it is heading...


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sam209 4 years ago

I have read a lot of poems on hubpages, but I definitely have to say this is one of the best! I'm so glad this poem was shared or I probably would have missed it! This defines what poetry is all about!


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Just an amazing piece of work! Beautifully done!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

The lamb and the cleansed spirit...scamper lightly together so well, just as you put this poem together so well. Very nice! Beautiful, awesome, and voted up!


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Senoritaa 4 years ago

No words left for your beautiful choice of words. Just plain amazing work. Way to go Raci.


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

thank you sam for appreciating this poem...i am so happy that i have shared the gift of discernment to the people I care about...


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

oh thank you Audrey for visiting...have a great day!!!


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

Hello Victoria Lynn...yes, our child is likened to a lamb, so meek, innocent, until the harshness of the world takes it away...thank you for sharing your time...


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

thank you Senoritaa for the kind words...i am so grateful for all the support you've shared to me...


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debbiepinkston 4 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

Raci, beautiful poem and I especially love the lines in the last section, "Freeing the lamb, and let it scamper freely..."


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

hello debbie...thank you for visiting and reading this poem...have a pleasant day!take care!


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ahorseback 3 years ago

I read this again and I love "laughing through the rain ,crying through sunshine " great line and it's a pure indicater of trauma . Be well dear girl !...Ed


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raciniwa 3 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

hello ahorseback...yes...i admit i was once a victim of abuse yet i find meaning to my troubled world...i longed for peace...and i can say it is not elusive...good day! take care...


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ahorseback 3 years ago

Abuse .....I am a man who dispises the word ...Im am glad for you and peace though !......huggs, big ones !


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raciniwa 3 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

thanks for the big hug and the warm thoughts...i'm always glad you're around...


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

Raci, creating this poem from the Inner Child's perspective is brilliant. The process of researching John Bradshaw's work on the wounded child from the toxic environment of wounded parents paradoxically deepens both the search and the healing process.

Your choreographed words create an intense dance leaving the reader cheering on the passion for becoming. I especially loved: "...ensconced upon by the poisonous pedagogy that’s being fed to the lambs." Yes, the poisonous pedagogy which each of us is born into, no matter what the situation. We are all victims of the abandonment of intimate connection with those who profess to understand and love us, and in doing so support the damage to the heart and soul of the child.

And then, finally, when the pain becomes too great to ignore we experience it completely in order to move past it. What wonderfully chosen words here: "The only recourse is to go through the pain-feel it, savor the moment, grieving through the process of enlightenment; embracing life’s unreserved bliss...

This is a beautiful and profound poem, Raci. Many blessings... UP/U/I/A/B and will share.


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ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

nicely done


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raciniwa 3 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

i am so touched by the way you respond this poem Denise...

yes, as a child i was wondering why parents go through life pretending to be blind...they would rather pretend that nothing is wrong in fact everything is wrong...

this poem is a way to awaken the senses that what we go through should not be something to be ashamed about but a process that needs to be undertaken...

thank you for the heart warming words...many blessings too...


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raciniwa 3 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

thank you ocfireflies...take care...

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