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Anger - A poem

Updated on January 3, 2011

Background

This hub was written some time back and was inspired by my, now, ex Husband. We were married for 23 years before we parted ways. We have been separated for over five years now. Today, although we are both in different relationships, we are best of friends and will always be. This is because although our love is no longer romantic, it is a love that is unconditional and has a strength of permanence unlike many shades I have experienced.

Anger

Your scorching anger burned my heart

Hardening the outer rim

The wrathful rages frightened me

The light of love went dim

Just before the light went out

I looked in to your eyes

Deep within your pleading soul

Did whisper its demise

Beyond the wrath and deeper in

I heard your soul cry

The words you spoke you did not speak

They came from deep inside

The flames of love were embers

Spark of passion unfound

The pain and sorrow ever so deep

Is all that could be found

I wept inside feeling your pain

Of hurts from long before

Compassions lesson urged me to

Re-open up loves door.

Today our love does flourish

Anger now displaced

A gentle man with a tender heart

The past now fully replaced

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    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR

      pennyofheaven 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      Yes, for the first 3 years of our 23 years of marriage we had to deal with issues of his past that were never resolved or healed. It was a time of strengthening of our love. When middle age hit him and he needed to find his youth again in a young woman the healing time took a while but after that long of marriage we had forged a love that went beyond the physical and it withstood the dark night of soul we both went through. Glad you could stop in schoolgirlfriend. Thanks.

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      schoolgirlforreal 

      6 years ago

      Very interesting I find, that you were able to heal the anger of the relationship into an unconditional love. That's such a great accomplishment on both parts, though I feel saddened you were hurt for a period of time and that the romantic love ended- though you have moved on. Nice write.

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR

      pennyofheaven 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      Thank you for you kind comments. Glad you could stop in.

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      BeCurious 

      6 years ago

      The compassion in this poem touched me deeply. You and your ex are a great example for us all. Thank you.

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR

      pennyofheaven 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks again my hubbing friend.

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR

      pennyofheaven 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks Michelle. Glad you stopped in for a bit.

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      fjpteach 

      6 years ago from Humble, TX

      Wow! Bravo! Your truth is rich!

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      Michelle Taylor 

      6 years ago from New Jersey

      "The words you spoke you did not speak" I love it. It's too true that many things don't need to be said outloud to be understood. Great poem!

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR

      pennyofheaven 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      Yes indeed it is a natural progression. You are right in that his pain was from his childhood days. Thank you so much for your kind comments!

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      WD Curry 111 

      6 years ago from Space Coast

      I'm here from "Prisoners of the Mind". I am not a drive by quipper.

      "because although our love is no longer romantic, it is a love that is unconditional and has a strength of permanence"

      This is the natural progression of marriage. I am sorry you were hurt. It is hard to drum up compassion for the "hurter" (I worked with behavior PROBLEMS for 10 years - usually from early abuse). Sometimes, you have no choice, but to abandon an untenable position. I am glad you re-deployed and found one where you can flourish . . . and flourish you are in your craft.

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      pennyofheaven 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Thank you! Nice to have you visit again!

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      Terry Chestnutt 

      7 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      Terrific!

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR

      pennyofheaven 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Diane thank you again for your kind comments.

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      Diane (playdivadi) 

      7 years ago

      Very deep wrings. When you can feel another hurt and pain is beautiful.. I loved your wording...

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR

      pennyofheaven 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Glad you liked it lawrence. Thank you for stopping by

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      Gizmo Prodigy Publishing 

      7 years ago from Shreveport, LA

      This is a great poem, very distinctive

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR

      pennyofheaven 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Kia ora Pearldiver. Thank you!

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      Rob Welsh 

      7 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      Cool Kiwi Poetry is on the Up.. Nice work Kia Ora

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR

      pennyofheaven 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Yes it is sad when one half chooses not to continue what could be a very wonderful friendship of love with no attachments. Bitterness is not a good thing to carry with us till our days end. Nice to see you again my friend!

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      saddlerider1 

      7 years ago

      I wish we could all be friends when we split with our spouses and move on. I was married 18 years and had 4 beautiful children, yet their mother and I don't get along at all. I could have very easily have kept a friendship going but she chose not to and fought me forever after the divorce. I am so happy for you both and commend you for staying friends long after the marriage vows ended.

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      pennyofheaven 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for stopping by mythbuster.

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      mythbuster 

      7 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      Nice consolation at the end!

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR

      pennyofheaven 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Thank you Playdivadi, glad you could stop by.

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      Diane Denison 

      7 years ago from Cincinnati

      I enjoyed reading this.

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR

      pennyofheaven 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      New beginning I do agree! Thank you my friend!

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      Marina Lester 

      7 years ago

      As usual Pennyofheaven, nice write. I am very happy for you both. A rare, and very pleasant happy ending... no, new beginning. Peace! :D

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR

      pennyofheaven 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi LedToolz, glad you enjoyed reading my poem. Thank you for stopping by!

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      LedToolZ 

      7 years ago from Memphis, TN

      i really enjoyed reading that :) i understood exactly where that came from... very nice read, thanks for sharing girl

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR

      pennyofheaven 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Glad you loved it. Thank you so much for your kindness!

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      chezza xx 

      7 years ago

      wow... love the poem it made me feel very emotional. Your very talented.

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR

      pennyofheaven 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Thank you my friend. Glad to see you as always!

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      Sima Ballinger 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      I am glad you have come full-circle. It must have been difficult for you. Now you can help others who are going thru what you have been through. It is good you can share your story. Well thoughtout poem Penny. Nice.

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR

      pennyofheaven 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Erin: Thank you my sister. It is not a surprise you are able to walk with me!

      Castle: Haha I love your wit. It amazes me how you do that so easily while sharing what is true. Your a gem! Thanks

      Dave: Hi my friend. No flooding here thank goodness. Quite the opposite, it is very hot and very dry! You are absolutely right what goes around comes around. It brings to mind the covenant. You walk away from the covenant that protection is no longer there. What you give comes back.

      Antoine: Thank you again my dear friend!

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      Antoine Van Hove 

      7 years ago

      Very nice poem! Congratulations!

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      Dave Mathews 

      7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Hi Penny! Happy new year and welcome to 2011. Being so close to Australlia, I hope you are not swamped like they are with the flooding?

      I made a promise to myself many years ago to never get truly angry about anything. What I do is to give up whatever has my concern to God and then walk away from it. Sometimes in seconds I see God's hand dealing with the situation as what ever had my concern has been flipped back to the person who caused it. You know what comes around goes around.

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      Castlepaloma 

      7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Funny infant boys get anger and infant girls cry when things go wrong.

      Your romanic love is dead, and yet your friendship is still alive with your ex. I had to get rid of my ex along with GW Bush altogether. No anger, just over concerned about con artists. Good hub.

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      Erin LeFey 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      Penny, I felt each word and feeling as if it was my own. The way that you write has such intensity, so few words are needed to make images and whole scenes just leap off the page. I feel I've lived a whole day with you. I was waiting for you to write again! So glad you did! Namaste' my dear friend!

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR

      pennyofheaven 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Aw thanks Cagsil. Glad you stopped by!

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      Cagsil 

      7 years ago from USA or America

      Very nice. Those are about all the words I can use to describe your poem. I get the meaning and message you convey, but on other aspects, I'll just leave it alone. I am glad to hear about the love you've found and that's always a nice thing to have when needed. :) Thank you for sharing. :)

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