Through Your Eyes

I foolishly thought that I

Could convince you to see things objectively through my eyes

As if that would somehow make everything alright

But when emotions begin to take over the mind

Despite the best of intentions resentment instead comes to reside

Now I think I can almost see things through your eyes

Maybe to you I deserve everything I got - how could I have been so blind

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Ericdierker 16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Wow you pack a wallop in so few words! So much to ponder over. Thanks


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always exploring 16 months ago from Southern Illinois

This is deep. Don't be so ready to change. Maybe you were right. It's in the eye's of the beholder. ( Whatever that means? ) Hang in there!!


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drbj 16 months ago from south Florida

It is so easy to be blind when emotions rule our actions - happens all the time. Only not so beautifully poetic as you painted it, shanmarie.


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shanmarie 16 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Eric. I hope it does some good if you feel the desire to ponder it.


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shanmarie 16 months ago from Texas Author

It's always somewhat in the eye if the beholder, isn't it. We all have our own perceptions and perspectives. Maybe I was at least partly right. Who knows? Who can say what us right anyway? Thanks for reading and commenting, Ruby. And for the encouragement. Hugs


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shanmarie 16 months ago from Texas Author

Aw, drbj, thanks. Too bad life isn't so poetic in motion, eh? It would soften the edges.


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CrisSp 16 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Short read yet in depth...nicely penned.

Don't forget what Edgar Allan Poe said: “All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.” ~

Cheers!


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shanmarie 16 months ago from Texas Author

Interesting and thought-provoking comment, CrisSp! Thank you


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ahorseback 16 months ago

Hi Shan , I have come to believe , mostly , that at times , there is no fault in love or in the acts of love or whatever we're going through . There is only a perpetrator and a victim . Which are we ? Are we both , have we been both , do we hurt others or have we ? Nice write ! Hugs !


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Jo_Goldsmith11 16 months ago

Really Beautiful and sad Shanmarie. It would seem that way sometimes.

The person you love and respect the most is blinded.

It is with pride or fear to allow their heart to see, what really is the issue.

Really enjoy your writing! Big hugs! ((((((((((((( Shanmarie )))))))))))))

Up & shared. :-))


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breakfastpop 16 months ago

This piece is powerful, incredibly sad and moving.


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Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

Dear Shan,

You don't mix words here! This is a daily truth it seems as to our perceptions of others and their perception of our actions and thoughts ...

Peace and blessings


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MartieCoetser 16 months ago from South Africa

This poem reminded me that it took me many years to see life through my ex-husband's eyes. I have to admit that he was not so wrong as I thought he was. I cannot help but wonder if he, too, acquired the ability to see life through my eyes, and can he, too, admit that I was not as wrong as he thought I was?

Thought-provoking poem!


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fpherj48 16 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Nothing like "words' stopping us dead in our tracks!.......Powerful poem that offers deeply profound possibilities to ponder.....Wow. UP+++


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shanmarie 16 months ago from Texas Author

Hi, Ed! So glad to see you. I have no doubt that we have all been both, possibly at the same time.


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shanmarie 16 months ago from Texas Author

Hi Jo. I think pride or fear certainty can be reasons we don't see what we are really resentful of or angry about. Possibly we just don't want to feel the sting of hurt we feel for hurting someone else. There are many possible reasons.

I just read your reply to me on one of your hubs - the good thoughts one, I believe. You are so kind. It's humbling that you are think I'm inspirational. I'm so appreciative of your generosity in linking my hub. Of course, you do that for so many. You are a blessing to us. Hugs!


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shanmarie 16 months ago from Texas Author

Aw, thank you, breakfastpop.


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shanmarie 16 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, beautiful Faith. Sometimes words are useless, I guess. Other times, they make all the difference. And, yes, it is a daily truth. Jyst another part of being human. Hugs and blessings to you too


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shanmarie 16 months ago from Texas Author

Aw, Martie. I think it takes great courage to admit that another is not as wrong as we once thought. It certainly is very humbling to do so. As for he admitting it too, he'd have to choose to see things from your perspective. I don't necessarily think it is acquired so much as chosen.

To me, that is essential for forgiveness of myself and of others. Ideally, a mutual sharing of perspectives and objectively looking instead of defensively would lead to a stronger relationship and make it easier to overcome problems. But there is a reason ideals are called ideals and not reality.

Hugs to you.


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shanmarie 16 months ago from Texas Author

Thanks, fpherj48. I am at a loss for reply to that. So thanks and know it's much appreciated.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia

I often find poetry the most effective way to display what you feel and it doesn't need a lot of words. You succeeded with this. Well done Shanmarie.


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ocfireflies 16 months ago from North Carolina

poignant, rings so true for so many of us, hope you are well

Blessings,

Kim


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Larry Rankin 16 months ago from Oklahoma

Great poem. One of the distances we have in relationships is that we can never truly see things through the eyes of another. But we can try and come close.


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shanmarie 16 months ago from Texas Author

No, it does not require a lot of words to paint a feeling, dies it? Good point to make. Thank you, Jodah.


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shanmarie 16 months ago from Texas Author

Hello, Kim. I am doing much better now that I am nearly healed. I hope you are also doing well. Thanks so much for stopping by to read.


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shanmarie 16 months ago from Texas Author

Hi, Larry. I suppose that we can never fully see things through the eyes of another. Call me naive, but I believe that trying makes a world of difference in overcoming the distance. Sometimes it just takes two people trying.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 16 months ago from Riga, Latvia

Incredible poetry. Says so much with so little words.


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shanmarie 16 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Rasma. Incredible is an incredible word to use and I appreciate it more than you know.


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FlourishAnyway 16 months ago from USA

When there are two people, the thing is neither can be objective in their perspective. It seems that you are mourning a relationship loss. I wish you well.


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shanmarie 16 months ago from Texas Author

I was when I wrote it, Flourish, but not so much now, thanks. You are right that neither can be wholly objective, especially at the time of the issue. But I think it helps to try.


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shanmarie 16 months ago from Texas Author

Nit so much now as when I wrote it. Thank you, though. You are right that there are no objective points of view between two sides. Nonetheless, I think it helps to try. Sometimes it makes a big difference. I've just so prone to doing it for others that I easily forget it doesn't help as much to provide my own point of view when I am one involved. Much better to help a friend see another perspective with someone they are upset with or hurt by.

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