Through the Storm

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Now and then someone comes along

That somehow provides moments of clarity

Notes in time, oh so strong, like a beautiful song

That touches the soul with its sincerity

Music has a way of finding light within the dark

Shining a light that burns ever warm

Residing forever more in the depths of a heart

Always there to sing a song of hope throughout a storm


Thank you for being there in one of my darkest hours

With your wisdom, your comforting presence, and love

I would somehow return the favor to you now, had I the power

You have truly been more than a blessing from above

But this is a haunting song with a ending that's sad

I never meant for my storm to take such a toll on you

It leaves me wondering if it was all worth the price to be had

Nonetheless, a bittersweet melody is now a part of everything I do




© 2013 Shannon

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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

Very sad, thanks for sharing.


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jhamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

Well written verse, with wonderful turn arounds within the telling. Well done. Jamie


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MrsBrownsParlour 3 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

You write with beautiful sincerity, just like the song you describe.:-) ~Lurana


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Jackie. Your visits and comments are appreciated.


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Jamie. So happy you stopped by.


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

Lurana, so glad to see you! That was a sweet thing to say.

I bet you know what other melody is on my mind. ;-)


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Ericdierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

What a sweet sweet song to my heart this is. How often we only worry about our own hurt --- but you set me straight, thanks much. I am sure who ever weather that storm with you is better for it.

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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

I'm not so sure about that, Eric, but thank you for saying so. I know I am better for it, but I am fairly certain I lost a friend, or at the very least the closeness that I felt was present. I hate to inflict any kind of pain on others.

Kind of an irony that I feel better than I have in nearly a year, and especially in the last few weeks when things escalated so that I felt overwhelmed and barely hanging on, that now I can't even share good news with the person. Should I see it as a blessing or curse that the breaking point was as my world was calming?


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Oh, precious heart, Shan,

What a truly profound write from your heart!

From reading your last comment, I feel much better that you have written you feel better now than in nearly a year, and I am so sorry about a broken friendship and that you cannot share such with that person.

I am so glad you kept hanging on through the storm. He will see you through. You are so very strong, beautiful and wise .... oh, and a gifted poet.

Hugs and much love, Faith Reaper


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

Faith, you've got to be one of the kindest people I know. I am about to post a hub on unconditional love that someone else encouraged me to do. I bet you have that art mastered well!

I know you don't know the full story of things that occurred this past year, but your prayers and those of others have been felt and much appreciated. I am truly feeling more at peace. I never doubted it would come, but the negative feelings of being trapped and uncertain did seem somewhat indefinite at times. There's still a long way to go on this journey, whatever it ultimately brings, but peace at heart is grand!


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Oh, no, dearest Shan, I do not have that mastered by any means, sweetie. I am glad that the grace of God is a free gift for the taking and that His mercies are new each and every morning.

You will make it through your journey with His strength and love. Yes, peace at heart is grand indeed! His peace, the peace that surpasses all understanding. Now, I do know of such peace ... and it is truly sweet, and beyond my understanding.

I look forward to your post.

Hugs and love to you and yours,

Faith Reaper


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

Faith, you know how you reminded me not too long ago not To worry about tomorrow? You were right that I know that, yet I think I was doing that anyway. Every option I considered, every possible choice I could make seemed to lead to more worries or concerns. Granted, there are very good reasons not to choose an option when the well being of others would then come into play...but my worries over what I can do, when to do it, how to do it all just got the best of me, especially as they piled on top of immediate concerns that required me to keep my calm. I guess I knew that now is now and there is no use worrying about what could happen, but I wasn't internalizing that knowledge lately. Anyway, I have dreams and plans for a better future. I know He will be there to see me through come what may just as He has in the past. I'm not sure everything happens for a reason, but I believe some things do. I also believe that reason or not, all things will be used for good.

As for unconditional love, I'm not sure any human can completely master it. Even when doing so, it is easy to slip up and place our own expectations on another.


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Yes, I do remember and I am glad you remember. It is so difficult to not be concerned about the future, as it is just that, the future, and we just really have no clue.

I find myself starting to do such when it comes to my grandchildren and it is just that one wants the best in this life for one's loved ones ... we are just human and tend to do such. I can understand too, what you have listed here as concerns as to exactly when to do something and when to not, as others come into play in all of our actions. You are wise to think these things through and to pray before making any decisions. I think that is what is key, to pray and ask God to reveal exactly what it is He would have you to do.

Yes, please never stop dreaming. I am claiming His promises in Jeremiah 29:11 for you and your family. You have stated a truth, that He does work all things out for good, even though we may not see how in the world some situations are going to work out for good. His ways are not our ways, thank goodness! And it may just be, that we will never understand the why. We can, though, place our full faith and trust in Him.

This world would be radically different if we were all able to love ... that true agape love, as Christ loves, unconditional. I am glad He is not finished with me yet! We are all a work in progress.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Faith Reaper


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

My mind naturally questions the whys, especially as it pertains to human interaction. Psychology fascinates me. But, after a certain point, I have to just accept the fact that my subjective perceptions of why may or may not be part of reality as a whole.

Children are especially hard not to worry for, particularly those closest to our hearts. Then again, it's hard not to overly worry about anyone we hold that dear. I am usually not one to really worry about much of anything and react after the fact, but I guess sometimes that peace and equilibrium is rattled. Sometimes I almost wonder if I should be more concerned. Haha Your grandbabies are well loved and taught to walk in it, too. They will blossom beautifully. But I know you know that.

Agape love...it's attainable perhaps, but keeping it is much harder. Well, I guess we all have it from Christ already, but attaining the ability to do it and to do so effortlessly is not so easily done without fail. I heard someone say that a group of people on drugs are not God's children the other day and it made me cringe, but then I thought of how little true love these people are really shown and that is just a sad thought. I have children and I even avoid them.


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Oh, my goodness, how in the world could they say such about another person! That is so very wrong. God is love. Remember who it was that Jesus would hang out with ... the least of these, and He tells us that those who are last will be first and those who are first will be last. They may not know God, but He still loves all, and we are to love and not judge.

Yes, discernment is so very important and one must be careful to choose one's friends carefully and/or even those who we are in the company of, especially when children are involved. The 12-step program works, and so does the One step when it comes to becoming a new creation in Christ. We all have sinned and fallen short, all. So, one can always help by praying as that is most powerful.

Have a good weekend dear Shan.

Hugs, Faith Reaper


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

Prayer is powerful indeed. You have a good weekend, too!


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cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

beautiful poetry ..shanmarie..! hang in there .. let your mind be strong ..within.. listen to that tiny voice and it will soon become a booming voice of strength.


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks, cleaner3!


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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

Sometimes you can find your strength in the storm itself. You are stronger, smarter, more resilient and powerful than you would ever believe. Dig deep, breathe, trust yourself.


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

Oh, I know, FlourishAnyway. My spirit has never really been broken, even at my worst. Thank you so much for your words of encouragement. Hugs.


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

Oh, that sounds so bittersweet, and very pretty.

Thanks for sharing this with us, and I hope you are doing well. Have a great day!

~ Kathryn


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

I am just fine, thank you, Kathryn. Hope you are, too!


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

Thanks, I am doing okay. I still live with the ex, but am moving out very soon. I just decided to move back to Connecticut, where I lived before, rather than staying here for weeks or months longer, looking for another job. I should be able to get a couple of retail jobs to hold me over until I find a more substantial one. It'll be kind of nice to live on my own again. Strange, but in this case pleasant.

~ Kathryn


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

Glad to hear you are feeling better! Think of it as an adventure and enjoy the pleasantness of it.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Wonderful. Sometimes we have to go through some storms to get to the rainbows.


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

Ah, pretty burlesque friend, that is a truth.

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