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Get Out of the Way - a poem

Updated on February 12, 2014

Synopsis

Too many times, I have experienced or witnessed a person set out to achieve something. This goal could be the launching of a new business enterprise, a complete career change or even the beginning of a new romantic relationship. All too often, there is a person (or group of persons) trying to get in the way and talk the first person out of his or her dream or goal. Some people do it out of selfishness. Some might do it out of fear. Some will do it because they have no faith in the ones they claim to love, even when that lack of faith is unwarranted. Others do it just to maintain control. Those that try to block the paths to happiness can be family members, friends, bosses, colleagues or even ex-lovers.

In my opinion, these types of people can be cancerous to one's dreams. They eat away at it, tear the dreamers down and become a complete negative force in one's life. I think these people should be cast aside, because no one is worth so much that they should be kept in the heart of a diminished soul. It only leads to resentment ... or worse, hatred.

Therefore, my poem is about standing up and telling a person that he or she is in the way of achieving happiness. In a nutshell, it states, "This train is leaving the station. Get on-board or get left behind." That might sound callous or mean, but ask yourself one question: Is anyone on this planet worth more than chasing and achieving your dreams?

Blocked Train Tracks
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Get Out of the Way

here we go again
you claim to care
- overwhelming concern -
but in the end,
you only push to pull;
shoving me away
with your need to control
- overprotective at best -
the fights are draining me
hating your form of "love"

you are so achingly blind
... blind with selfishness ...
heart and mind slammed shut,
not listening to my pleas

my needs, wants, values
will never match
your fairy-tale expectations

i cannot travel your route with you
and don't want you on mine
your status doesn't carry that right
it's not your place to save me

i'm done with the arguments
i'm over the snide comments
i don't need the resistance
i am worthy of what you've never sought
i deserve the happiness of my desire
and you are in my way

© 2013 Charles Dawson

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      lovedoctor926 3 years ago

      such truth in your words. very well-said. the need to control. voted++

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      Charles Dawson 3 years ago from Virginia Beach, VA

      Thank you, LoveDoctor!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      This resonates. I enjoyed not only the poem but also the explanation and photo. Thumbs up +++!

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      Charles Dawson 3 years ago from Virginia Beach, VA

      Thank you, Flourish! Your comment also helped in alerting me to the fact that I need to make some edits to my hub, and for that, I cannot thank you enough, for that is the best feedback. Thank you!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I can so relate. I wrote a poem about the same issue. A friend of mine couldn't accept the fact that I take my writing seriously and was in the middle of something when he came over to 'talk and party'. He actually got pissed. I fixed the problem by realizing he's not my friend and severed communication.

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      Charles Dawson 3 years ago from Virginia Beach, VA

      I guess I can't understand the practice. Down to my very core, it is my belief that friends and family should be 100% supportive. I just can't see how a person can look another in the eye after killing his/her spirit by tearing apart his/her dream. I am sure that person would not want the shoe to be on the other foot.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Chuck, those who try to tear us down have no dreams or aspirations of their own. I don't need people like that in my life and don't allow them in once I recognize that the friendship and support is one-sided.

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      Charles Dawson 3 years ago from Virginia Beach, VA

      But it is kind of sad when our dreams, as writers, are supported more by strangers than by those we thought we could hold dear.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      You'll find those strangers will become dear friends. Especially those who are writers. I have more dear online friends than I do offline friends. It's all about the community. Birds of a feather.....

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