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Freezer Burn

Updated on July 18, 2014

The Slippery Slope

How you drive me mad

Doesn’t matter if I meet you

Head on


Drive around

trying to escape your pull

There you are

Tempting me

With the thoughts

The thoughts

The thoughts

Please make them go away




flow down my weary face


I must remind myself

To Breathe

To Breathe

Slow myself down

Do not slide

even IF it is so easy to do

Where are my old cleats?

The ones I wore in high school

You know

The ones that had teeth

Teeth that could bite into ice

Keep me standing

Long enough to regain my balance

But the wind

Oh how it blows

And the words

Oh how they know

But are quiet

Quiet as the new layer of snow

For the battle is over

For the time being

The chills on my arms creeping down my legs

Will eventually go away

I will stand up

I will not sway

I will move

Move somewhere warm

Where the slippery slopes

Are not ready-made

I will


On the beach

And watch as the waves roll in and out

Yes, I can do it.

I can leave.

I can take my dog, Bill

And head out for the bay

where my ship comes in

If only for the night

Yes, Me and Bill

We will walk on the beach

And we will be happy

For it will appear flat

As far as the eye can see

There can’t be any slippery slopes there

NO! Not by the sea…

But what about my children

Now grown and tall as the trees

Will they Seascape me

Or just let me fade away…

How selfish can one woman be?

Call it menopause

Call it whatever the hell you want to

There does not have to be blood

In order for one to bleed

Fall down that slippery slope

Slip and slide

Don’t forget to breathe

When you grasp

And all you feel is air

Don’t forget to think

When you tumble and turn

That you could have avoided

The Slippery Slope

If only

You had not been afraid…

Maybe, this time will be different.

The slope will not be so steep

And you will have learned

There is nothing worse


Worse than freezer burn





© 2014 ocfireflies


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    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from North Carolina

      God Bless You Sparklea!

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      4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Kim, now don't make me weep! Believe me I am SO flawed at times! But thank you for your very kind words! God has me on a very short leash and He sure keeps me humble. I should share some of my teenage stories of my behavior in school and the teachers humiliating me beyond measure. THOSE THINGS I have never recovered from, but I sure learned a lot of lessons. God bless and thank you so much, Sparklea :)

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from North Carolina


      I am convinced you are an angel. I, and all of the HP community is truly blessed to have one as beautiful as you among us. Thank you for all your support. There is nothing more satisfying for a writer when she feels that her words somehow touched someone else.

      All my love and extra-warmth,


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      4 years ago from Upstate New York

      "There does not have to be blood in order for one to bleed" lunged at me off your page! Truer words were never spoken. Never in a million years would I have been able to come up with those words! Excellent and full of emotion. Voted up, useful and awesome! Blessings, Sparklea PS: Love you picture at the top to accompany this great hub...makes me actually shiver.

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      Max Havlick 

      4 years ago from Villa Park, Illinois

      Seems like a strange thing to argue over! But who warrants, and in probable fact, who more likely needs the tears of their friends than the person who does not want that elementary act of friendship?

      To plagiarize and edit an old saying, Those people who need love the most are precisely the ones most difficult for others to reach.

      Nonetheless, I speak not to change you, dear Kim, which in any case is your business, but I do seek to be myself and speak from my heart and soul when called upon to do so, whether by God, Nature, my inner consciousness, or the words of others striking piteously upon my heart, as does this poetry of yours.

      Max, Monday morning, July 21, noon CST.

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from North Carolina


      SO wonderful to see you. Cleats with teeth and maybe a pole as well.



      I accept your prayers and the kindness behind them, but I would never want tears for I produce enough of those on my own. And, in part because of you and your ongoing support, I do have a better sense of resources available to me. And I am so incredibly thankful for you and all my HP friends. I hope this Monday morning finds you and all my friends: happy, healthy and ready for a most beautiful day.

      Blessings to all,


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      Max Havlick 

      4 years ago from Villa Park, Illinois

      Kim, You are the dear one, you are the muse. Your writing, in contrast with that of most others, and regardless, it seems, of any quality in it or lack thereof, somehow impels me to respond with poetry, and I seem to do so almost on automatic pilot with little regard to anything else going on around me. I couldn't explain it last year, and I still can't explain it now. It just is a fact of my life. But a most enjoyable one that I cherish.

      One personal comment: yes, life is tough for you now, I know that, and how much I wish I could say or do something to make it better for you, remind you of your enormous personal resources far beyond that of most people for meeting any challenge, and to keep looking up at all these wonderful friends, for instance, on HubPages who adore you and your work.

      I can say no more, but I go to sleep tonight with special tears and prayers asking special divine protection over you as you find exactly the path that is right for you, and I urge all your friends around the world to do the same on your behalf.

      Yours always,

      Max, Sunday night, July 20, 2014, 10:55 p.m. CST

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      4 years ago from Louisiana

      'Cleats with teeth' yes, that's what I need to keep me up. Very nice poetry.

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      4 years ago

      My Dearest Max,

      How I have missed your muse-ful responses to by inward/outward glances. Keep me in your positive thoughts...Life is tough.

      Blessings and love to you my dear one,


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      Max Havlick 

      4 years ago from Villa Park, Illinois

      Most oceanside beaches

      have beckoning reaches,

      but seldom provide you

      with succulent peaches,

      while out in the splatter

      the sharks can grow fatter

      by making you chatter

      with their pitter-patter,

      "Why put up with clatter,

      dear, what does it matter?!"


      Love to you always, Kim, today especially.

      Max, Villa Park, Illinois, Sunday, July 20, 2014, 7 a.m.

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from North Carolina


      Sometimes, one must let the words flow. Smiles. Lots of rain and fog here. Even thinking about building a fire.


      Thank you for allowing me to get a big hug and head. Smiles. Wish I was in Florida.


      Hey! Good to see you. Thank you for all the kind words sent my way.

      Peace and Love to All,


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      Tijani Achamlal 

      4 years ago from Morocco

      Wow, quite impressing piece, it has fantastic topic and you created truly excellent atmosphere in it. Rhythm is really beautiful in whole poem and it has great message. Good imagery is mixed with superbly described emotions, really deep.



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      Suzette Walker 

      4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Freezer burn - brilliant, Kim. You really make the reader feel that slippery slope. And, I agree with Audrey, the lines that jumped out at me were the same - 'there does not have to be blood in order for one to bleed.'

      Wow - great writing. You really get to the core of a relationship. Thanks so much for sharing your brilliant writing with us, Kim. Hugs! Voted up and shared!

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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      Superb writing, dear Kim ... genuine! Loved the flow and authenticity felt through your words.

      Up and more and away

      Hope you are enjoying your weekend so far.

      Blessings and hugs always

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from North Carolina


      Thanks for calling the piece "fascinating" and for the up/share.


      Thank you for your continued support and I am glad you got the message, but sorry you can relate. I think most folks (in some capacity) relate to the slippery slopes and freezer burns. I am going to keep "clinging" and holding out for that warm place I know exists--even if it is only in the corners of my mind. As always, thank you for the vote. Maybe it shouldn't, but there feels like some validation occurs when someone shows support via the vote. Smiles.

      Blessings to you both on this very early Saturday morn,


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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Beware of "freezer burn" and "slippery slopes" Kim. Both can be disastrous to both a writer and in life in general . Wonderful poem, the words seem so real to me. Love it as always. Voted up.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Very deep Kim; and fascinating; yes. Up and shared.

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from North Carolina

      Blessings to you - word


      I was so hoping someone would gravitate toward those lines.

      Thank You!


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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      Wow Kim--this might be my favorite of yours! I seldom quote lines--but this just grabbed me--

      There does not have to be blood

      In order for one to bleed

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      Al Wordlaw 

      4 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you for Sharing Kim. That was a very interesting poem. I hope you've found some warmth. Be blessed!

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from North Carolina


      Thank you so much for the support and for "getting the piece."

      You are truly a special friend.

      Many Blessings,


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      The Examiner-1 

      4 years ago

      It is fascinating Kim, I love the way that you are trying to stay warm and keep your thoughts from freezing. I voted it up, shared it and pinned it.


    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from North Carolina


      free-form works for me/have always been difficult to put me or my writing in a particular category/smiles/thanks for reading


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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A wonderful job of free-form poetry, for lack of a better term. I love the flow and the connections made. Nicely done, Kim.

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from North Carolina


      Thank You.


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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      4 years ago from Reno NV

      What you have done with words is close to a miracle. Beautiful writing. Jamie


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