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Updated on March 2, 2011

This poem is dedicated to the "voice of reason, wisdom's friend"...

a "Spirit Whisper" in the wind!



When I was asked just who I am,
I always thought I knew...
but I have, lately, come to see
my thoughts were quite untrue.
I now believe that who I am
was planted in my head...
seeds of shame and hopelessness
in youth, espoused and wed.
My every thought and feeling
was born from this belief...
and I was but a broken ship
marooned on rocky reef.

A Word of Knowledge

I didn't know I had a choice...
I'd got what I deserved.
Shame and sadness were my lot,
upon a platter served.
And then one day, to my surprise
out on that lonely reef...
a word of knowledge came to me
that challenged my motif...
a voice of reason, wisdom's friend
did whisper in my ear...
"Take a look beneath your deck...
you are not stranded here!

Oars Are Thoughts

Look for oars! and give a push!"
a wise voice said to me...
and sure enough, with oars in hand
a push set my ship free!
The oars were new ideas.
I must release the old..
I must change my thinking...
and dismiss all I'd been told.
I did not know that thoughts give birth
to everything I feel...
and by embracing thoughts of love
that love could become real.

Bon Voyage!

Now I know that who I am
Is who I'm meant to be...
and I can choose to be a ship
that sails most happily.
shame and hopelessness have fled
new seeds now sprout and grow
and when I'm asked, now, who I am...
I think of love and know.

"Copyright 2011, All Rights Reserved."



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    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Plarson, I am humbled by your world, yet again...This piece is somehow a cornerstone for me...can't explain that, just know it intuitively. Perhaps my willingness to bare the deepest part of reconstruction within involves the deep desire to give hope, where there has been none...and I was one who had no hope for way too long. That has changed and if it can happen for me, it can happen for anyone. We are permitted to experience certain things to a.)learn the lesson and then b.)share it. My theory, that is. If somewhere, someone can benefit from my pain and struggle, and healing, then there is merit in that pain and struggle. I don't know, it all makes perfect sense to me...whether it does to anyone else, remains to be seen!!! LOL....I so appreciate you and your insightful comments and your heart...Hugs!

    • Plarson profile image


      7 years ago from Alabama

      Tndr- Another poem from you that has left me breathless with the pureness of it's heart-felt words. I so admire your willingness to "rip open your chest" and let the world see the heart that lies beneath. Ty for that. -Paul

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      karen, thank you. Your comment brought a tear to my eye.

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      Karen Gibson Roc 

      7 years ago from Los Angeles

      you are a true blessing to the art of writing poetry!!! peace and light...kgr

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      crystolite, thankyou, kindly...

    • crystolite profile image


      7 years ago from Houston TX

      Bea utiful poem.well ganished.

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      thank you, is good to see you. I appreciate your visit and comment!

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      K.A.E Grove 

      7 years ago from Australia

      this was fantastic, inspiring imagery and beautiful words a true masterpiece

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thank you, Rhonda! Blessings!

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      Rhonda Musch 

      7 years ago from The Emerald Coast

      Truly beautiful and inspiring.

      Sweet wishes Rhonda

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Spirit Whisperer, this poem came from my toes and there are no words to describe how I feel about it either. You know, of course that you were the "voice of reason, wisdom's friend, and the very concept of this poem was born during the reading of your most powerful and eloquent blog. I get your message about growing old gracefully, which may just have removed another huge roadblock inside this mind of mine. Big Hugs to you! Thank YOU!

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      Xavier Nathan 

      7 years ago from Isle of Man

      I have no words to describe how I feel after reading these words of pure love and wisdom. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

      And... no more thoughts or words of growing old gracefully.

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      PA, thank you for your most awesome, insightful comment! In truth, God has been so good to me, and revealed much Truth to me in recent times, Truth that has set this captive free. I am just so grateful and thrilled to share the journey!

      Christina, I did read something, now I will have to go back and re-read it...about this character you are talking about.

      I have been trying to justify my existence all my life, Girl! God finally justified it for me and opened my eyes! It feels like a new world for me! Thanks for reading my work and leaving such awesome comments and I will go back and re-read you hub...thought I left a comment, maybe I forgot! oops! Hugs!

      FaithDream, thank you! I so appreciate your visit and comment!

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      7 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Beautiful & I love your photos. Truly inspiring work.

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      Christina M. Castro 

      7 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      Hey Tnderhrt, Have you read my hub yet, "Bloody Jack, My Favorite Book Series by LA Meyer"? In this hub I reflect on the series of novels about a young girl who turns to a life of the sea to turn her life from poverty to a life of adventure. The character in these books is very poetic, sensitive and musical just like these little poems here. These poems are like describing, Mary Jacky Faber, the main character in these books. I think that you capture a person who is trying to justify oneself. It is truly a masterpiece at the end, a great conclusion verse.I am really into the books by Mr. L A Meyer, and I hope you read my hub and see what I am talking about. I think we all should take lessons from sailing though.

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      7 years ago from Waitakere Auckland : New Zealand

      Tender Heart another insightful and brilliantly written poem, that holds truths and reflections for all who read it. Its always amazing to see what happens when a person has the Revelation of realizing that the reef may have been initially formed by others, well meaning parents, teachers, friends and we ourselves helped it to grow by our own self perceptions. Yet it is up to ourselves, as you so rightly wrote, to push ourselves off the reefs, so we can set sail to any destination of our choice, use the stars of hope and joy to help us navigate and sail freely to distant shores that may have seemed like clouds of dreams drifting on the horizon, to reach them and discover they are islands of possible realities waiting to be discovered. Once we have discovered one we soon see there are thousands we can go and sail to. I love visiting this island of poetry that is full of truth,beauty, hope, joy and revelations.

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      azure_sky (I love your name) thank you so kindly. I must admit, it has taken me 57 years, yes you read that right, 57, to find this truth...and discover that who I am is NOT who I was told I was...My God! Talk about slow...! but...the good new is, I finally got it!there are no words to express my joy and gratitude!

    • azure_sky profile image


      7 years ago from Somewhere on the Beach, if I am lucky :)

      This is so insightful! Yes...sometimes, we let others thoughts of who we are rule our is so nice to find ourselves and set our own course! Voted Up, Useful, Awesome and Beautiful....LOVED IT!!!

      Sail on!!!

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      bbnix, I am so humbled by your comment... The realization that I had oars was an epiphany! My world is forever rocked, and I ride the waves today. It is a joy to share this ocean with you, a profound joy. Thank you!

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      WillStarr, Thank you, my friend! If we only knew the power in our words...If we only knew.

    • bbnix profile image


      7 years ago from Southern California

      Only you can make me cry so much!!! What a big baby I am, but I've got to tell you, with great hope, although you own my one heart, the world will know you too...

      I love the sea, I love your pictures, I love your writing, and I love that we have an ocean of passion between us...I am so starstruck!!!

      Your most incredible piece yet!!!!!!

    • WillStarr profile image


      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Just fabulous!

      It's amazing how a cutting word from someone we think we love can reshape how we view ourselves.

      Up and awesome


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