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Earthquake of the Soul

Updated on March 3, 2011

I was hit by an earthquake
That shattered my world
Down to its very foundations.
It struck in the night, with such
powerful force
I'm still reeling from shifting vibrations.

The walls of my structure,
they crumbled and fell...
collapsing on top of my head.
The world as I knew it
was altered that night...
as I sat on my once comfy bed.

What I didn't know then
and have since realized,
though the earth yet continues to shift...
the temblor that shattered
my world in a flash
was really a powerful gift.

Those walls of my fortress
though strong and secure,
had allowed me to hide and withdraw...
wounded and bitter,
behind them I lived
oblivious to obvious flaw.

The rubble that lay
all around me in heaps,
the remains of a prison, it seems...
were walls made of mortar
mixed with my tears
behind which were buried my dreams.

And low and behold,
an earthquake occurred,
rocking my world from within,
freeing this captive
from the bondage of time,
releasing the woman within.

"Copyright 2011, All Rights Reserved."


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    • BenWritings profile image


      7 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      this is GREAT!

      At first I thought the quake was a terrible thing, but it simply released you from your prison :]

      sometimes it takes something of massive proportions to shake us loose of our shell...

    • acaetnna profile image


      7 years ago from Guildford

      Simply stunning, full of heartfelt emotion. Voting up and pressing those tabs.

    • ladyjojo profile image


      7 years ago

      Very lovely poem. Hmmm for awhile i taught it was a literal earthquake.....

      Hope you are truly freed now.

      God be with you

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      I think we must be soul sisters, Always! Deep down in my spirit, I truly believe God allowed me to walk through the proverbial "valley of death" so that I could share the possibility of surviving and thriving afterward with others whose path will or does lead them there. It is from intense, deep gratitude that these words come. It is my joy to share them with you!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      OMG, I was there when that quake occurred. The cleansing was a God send. Your poetry is a blessing. It brings renewed energy to the soul, energizes the mind. You are a gift.


    • Emily40 profile image


      7 years ago

      Lovely poem...God bless

    • epigramman profile image


      7 years ago

      .....a very compelling read with the brilliant metaphorical and poetic message of how we deal with certain issues in life. And you always write with such a pure heart and soul that it's really quite affecting indeed - and I am your loyal reader!

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      Linda Rogers 

      7 years ago from Minnesota

      This eloquent poem reminds me of the saying, "thank God for unanswered prayers." Sometimes we may not see why something is happening but God knows best what our souls need.

      So often the tough times in our lives end up being the best teachers and we look back and feel grateful.

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      7 years ago from Argyll and Albox

      Earthquake, mind shake, brilliant. This was really great.

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      Christopher Price 

      7 years ago from Vermont, USA

      Nothing like a good cleansing natural disaster to ensure it's "out with the old and in with the new"...for the survivors.

      We all experience personal life-altering upheavals from time to time and, with the right attitude, the results can help us grow. Your poem sings that song.

      Let's pray the citizens of Haiti can regroup and rebuild and prosper.


    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      erthfrend, your comment made me really happy...thanks so much!

      maticmagister, Thanks so much! that earthquake was a stunning experience, and truth is, I am still quite stunned!

      dianeaugust, you made my day! thanks doesn't do it, here.

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      7 years ago from Tennessee

      Oh, I connect with these words so much. The earthquakes free us to be ourselves. Your words of inspiration are always "point on." When I read them my heart skips a beat in knowingness--knowing that someone gets exactly how I feel. How do you do that? You are so good! da

    • maticmagister profile image


      7 years ago from Slovenia

      it is stunning.:)

    • erthfrend profile image


      7 years ago from Florida

      This was so very powerful, I truly enjoyed it. Just beautiful and I loved the last line!

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Windows...yes...lovely window to showcase the light...perfect!

      I am so grateful for your insightful comments and support...!

    • Pixel-Alchemist profile image


      7 years ago from Waitakere Auckland : New Zealand

      A very powerful emotionally moving Poem Tender Heart.

      Such quakes as these can save ourselves a worse fate, we could not, would not see. So when you rebuild put in many windows where light can shine in, for walls built of sunlight and joy are stronger than any other thing, protective walls we all do need, yet those with windows serves both our individual needs.


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