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Broken Waves: A Poem

Updated on September 16, 2012
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A pitiful, useless yearning,

Like the sea reaching for the shore,

My heart's on fire with a burning,

Our feelings made into fatal folklore,

Why the hauntings of lost hope?,

Thoughts of you tiptoe in uninvited,

Hanging on, but still cannot cope,

When you left, a nightmare was incited,

Cheering me up will take more than grace,

More than a hapless, soulless replacement,

I cannot erase you or your ghastly face,

You gave back my heart in a selfish displacement,

Hard to forgive, when you breathed only lies,

Someday I will forget your imperfect soul,

Of your future pain I cannot sympathize,

Now suddenly you are fading, again I am made whole.



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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Up and awesome Erin!

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      Erin Bower 4 years ago from Georgia

      Sunshine625: Thank you! :)

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      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Love the ending.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Amazing poem, and voted all the way!

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      Erin Bower 4 years ago from Georgia

      truthfornow: Thanks! It's hard to move on, but it happens eventually.

      Nell Rose: Thank you! I appreciate it. :)

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Its very hard moving on something painful etched on your heart with knives... :( but yeah! time heals

      nice piece of poetry Erin

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow.. wonderful poem... love these lines..

      Hard to forgive, when you breathed only lies,

      Someday I will forget your imperfect soul,

      voted way up

      Debbie

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      Erin Bower 4 years ago from Georgia

      rahul0324: That's very true. Thank you!

      Deborah Brooks: Thanks! This is actually an old poem that I found in a journal of mine. It was written as I was dealing with these painful emotions. It's amazing to look back and see how far I've come.

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      An awesome poem. I am pleased to see that you have moved on and this is not something you are going through right now.

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      Teylina 4 years ago

      Up and awesome. So good to feel like that last line!

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      Erin Bower 4 years ago from Georgia

      Rosemay50: Thank you! Yes, thanks; at least it was great therapy when I originally wrote this.

      Teylina: Thanks for reading! Yes, I agree. :)

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      CM Sullivan 4 years ago from California

      "I cannot erase you or your ghastly face." Man that's such a good line, so harsh, glad I'm not that guy haha. And "of your future pain I cannot sympathize." that is so cool because it has so much packed into that one sentence. That this person will suffer in the future without you in their life as a given. That you won't care or give a second thought. That the other person will not be happy but implying you will be. Up and awesome!

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      Erin Bower 4 years ago from Georgia

      CM Sullivan: Thanks! You really understand what I was trying to express.

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      ExoticHippieQueen 4 years ago

      This is beautiful, Erin. I hope it wasn't you whose heart was broken by some jerk!

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      Erin Bower 4 years ago from Georgia

      ExoticHippieQueen: Thank you! Unfortunately, yes, but I try to keep things like that in the past. Although, sometimes pain provides great inspiration. Thanks for commenting! :)

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      4 years ago

      Interesting poem. Actually you have 'moved on', so maybe with regard to the reference to needing 'more than grace' you've proved that grace (with its deep theological implications) has worked, after all! (smile)

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      Erin Bower 4 years ago from Georgia

      f: Yes, precisely! I was just writing based on my feelings at the time.

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      4 years ago

      Kind of, stream of consciousness, right? then when we look back, we see the two sets of footprints, rather than one...

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      Erin Bower 4 years ago from Georgia

      f: Yes, sir.

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