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Hindrance - A Poem

Updated on January 2, 2015

This takes my message to the enth degree.

I did not post this poem to gain, but for you to reap. We have made life difficult, cumbersome and hard. It doesn't have to be. Read my words, then please take the time to listen to each video I've chosen with your eyes closed. Listen. Just listen. Then play them again with your eyes open and see the emotion behind each. Feed your soul with the purity of the music I've chosen to accompany my words. I hope you reap what I am sowing into each of you. God Bless You!



Hindrance

Is a terrible thing.


Just when

You overcome those who

Deem you “dramatic” and

“too imaginative”


You let the drama

And the trauma

Go anyway.


You begin

To understand yourself


You begin to grow…


…but there’s no one there

To listen.


‘cuz you’re not

Using the words

They’ve tried to burn

Into your mind.


(who’s head is it that’s

burning, anyway?!)


they find fault in you

and condemn and reject

because you don’t do or say

what is “respectable”.


Yet, how truthful and respectable

Are they to themselves?


It seems to me

That the Truth is.........


Those who put boundaries on us –

Condemn and judge –

Aren’t happy with themselves,


But don’t have the strength

To judge and correct

Themselves.






Shauna L Bowling

Refining, Defining or Rhyming

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© 2012 Shauna L Bowling

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      The pain we cause each other....why does it have to be that way? why can't we be a pillar of strength for each other? Why can't we be the voice of support for each other? How much more incredible would we be as a species if we took the time to be all that we were meant to be?

      Beautiful message my dear!

      love,

      bill

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I don't know, Bill. Those who allow outside influences to weaken them reduce what they have to offer. I won't allow it for myself. That's probably why I choose to be alone. I can count on myself. I refuse to let others' weaknesses tear me down. It happened once upon a time ago until I realized what was happening. No more. I am me. I am good. I am strong. I am nurturing. I smile. I love and I give. That's what I have and who I am. Those who don't see it, have no room in my life. If they can't fit into a pair of rose-colored glasses..... well, I feel sorry for them!

      I sure am glad you're in my life, my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I am glad as well....shared on Facebook!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I know. I'm tickled pink! Or shall I say, rose-colored???!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Shauna -

      Is this the same Shauna I used to have to push to write? Does something this heartfelt come from one that was once so timid? My, how a flower blossoms and brings beauty to the land. A pillar of strength, standing tall against the quagmire of PC'ers whom replace manners with laws. This is indeed an individual that has reached within to grasp deep inside and wrench honesty from her soul. Great Job!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      I wasn't blessed to sit around. Judge me if you can and will do better or take my place, but I will never turn away another's hand. Thank you for this. ;-)

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Listening...thank you for these wonderful words and music. I had a delightful read and will share.

      Pleased to meet you bravewarrior.

      Love from the sky~

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Rich, honestly, most of my poetry is the result of reaching deep within my soul. Thank you for picking up on that. It saves me having to go to therapy! I call it being true to myself. I'm glad you appreciate!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Thank you Mhatter. Although I don't always understand your comments, it pleases me when you visit!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Pleased to meet you, CrisSp! And thank you for sharing!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks to a share I read this and found it lovely and so true. I am glad I read it. Thank you.

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Beautiful Shauna!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Carol and Mark, thank you both so much. Your comments inspire me to keep on keepin' on!

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Wow, where have you been keeping this one? Very poignant and the videos - gosh- drove it home. Awesome Shauna.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Linda, this was written a while ago. However in searching my poetic archives, I took another look. I decided I needed music to help with the message. I'm comforted that I made the right choice. You've just made my day!

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      It's really beautiful!

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Your Words are Wonderful to read Bravewarrior...Lots of Depth and Imaginary here. I Enjoyed the music videos with my Eyes opened as well as Closed...Thanks for the Treat.

      I now look forward to Following your Hubs. A Warm Welcome to Hub Pages, we are like a "Family" of Writers here.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Love ya, Linda!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      B. Malin, welcome! I have been a member of this fabulous family for a year and will continue. I'm pleased this poem drew into my corner. We are, indeed a family!

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      Simba73 4 years ago from UK

      Shauna I can totally relate to this, the times I try to explain to people not to be angry with others as they do not realise they are doing wrong, or cannot understand your motivations for good as their motivation would be for themselves primarily.

      Great vids to complement this hub too .

      That what I got from it Shauna hope I'm right :)

      Love

      Simba xxx

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Jon, if you got anything from this poem, then I've succeded. I wrote this poem because I was tired of being judged and tired of having to live up to other people's standards. I had to talk it out with myself. That's what most of my poetry is: contemplation, observation, conversation with and for myself. My poetry is how I discover and fix myself; send myself in the right direction.

      Now that I've blithered and probably gotten off point, my poetry does something for me. If and when it does something for someone else, then my words have reached beyond my own soul. That is magical. That is phenominal. That keeps me moving forward!

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      "I had to talk it out with myself"

      You do this exceedingly well and in the process touch each of your readers. I love when you move forward, Sha.

      Voted UP and AB. Hugs, Maria

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      The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

      The last verse describes so many people I have come in contact with.

      Great work.

      The Frog

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. This is so true. People hinder others when they should keep to their own business if they cannot offer the other person anything else. Passing this on.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Shauna, your words are deep and full of wisdom! It can be lonely to walk your own path in life - especially if it is one that is not considered 'politically correct'!

      Boy, do i know that first hand!

      You and i both know that while it can be more difficult - it is also be far more rewarding.

      In the end, it's important to be able to say - like Frankie - that 'we did it OUR way'!

      voting, tweeting, and sharing it forward...

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Thank you for your kind words, Maria. The only way to move is forward my friend!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Frog, unfortunately that describe too many people, which is what prompted the poem. Thank you for stopping by!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      So true Gypsy. As my mom always says, "if you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all!"

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Leslie, you've put it in a nutshell! Whatever happened to I'm OK, you're OK? We each have our own paths to travel. We can share the path or walk alone if need be. Either way is fine with me. I'm comfortable with who I am.

      Thank you for sharing!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Shauna - I have never read a more defining ode than this one! You have spoken the words my brain needs to hear every now and then and I thank you, my friend.

      Love, hugs, kisses and so much more (especially fireflies!)

      Thank you for this.

      XXOO

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Beckie, I'm glad you found this helpful my friend! Thanx for the lightning bugs!

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Shauna,

      "Those who put boundaries on us –

      Condemn and judge –

      Aren’t happy with themselves,"

      I will never understand those who condemn and judge.

      As Elvis Presley sang,

      "Walk a mile in my shoes

      just walk a mile in my shoes

      Before you abuse, criticize and accuse

      Then walk a mile in my shoes"

      The videos you selected are beautiful. They spoke to my heart and soul.

      Voted up and away

      Have a good day. :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Thank you so much, Sue. You picked up my message perfectly! Enjoy your Sunday!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Those who put boundaries on us –

      Condemn and judge –

      Aren’t happy with themselves,

      But don’t have the strength

      To judge and correct

      Themselves.

      So so true and the song of the little girl is so so beautiful. Enjoy your weekend.

      Eddy.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      its true..hindrance is such terrible thing. you captured it perfectly Sha!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Isn't she beautiful, Eddy? Enjoy your weekend also!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Thank you, Spy. How are you my friend?

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Excellent, bravewarrior! Every word so very-very true. I went through all of this realization in the 90's and finally become my True Self in 2000. No longer trying to be what others wanted me to be, but only my true self. That was such a breakthrough.... to FREEDOM....

      Voted up and profound :))

      Beautiful music!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Martie, I think that's about when I started finding my true self also. However, it took a while longer for me to not settle. I think I'm there now!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hey Shauna, this is so touching and so true! A great message, look within yourself before you point your finger at others...... Truly written from the heart. enjoyed it very much. Voting up and awesome!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Lizzie, I'm so glad you've come to my corner. I love writing poetry; it flows from the heart. Thanx for the vote!

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      This piece takes me deep.... sort of glazing past the grooves of my mind as it traverses....

      when you move through transitions like these.... you end up glazed polished... above the worldly norms... and circles and limits..

      I felt awestruck by this piece sista.... what perfection it carried...

      ECSTATIC

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      So awesome to hear from you, my brother! I've been worried about you. I'm so glad you liked this poem. Love Ya, Brother!

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      epigramman 3 years ago

      Well my dear Shauna I always say that we all have our own crosses to bear and it all depends on how we deal with it on a daily basis (whatever 'it' may be) and I would say my 'hindrance' is my depression and today I slept a lot more than usual because of it.

      I have 5 night shifts now in a row so that will help snap me out of it - with my 2 hour round trip commutes and mingling with my work buddies - I guess we all need some sort of balance in life.

      You words here, as they always do, talk to me and inspire me and I know we are kindred spirits as well because of our love for music.

      Thank you for listening and I sent you a friend's request at FB.

      Have a nice and happy evening and sending warm wishes from the three of us and yes I am posting and linking your words here on my FB page for all to see and read at lake erie time 7:09pm

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Epi, I think we all go through times such as you describe, in one form or another. As long as we have an outlet it's ok to succumb when necessary. I'm touched that my poetry inspires you. You are one of the best poets I know, so your words mean the world to me.

      Take care my friend. I'll look forward to your request.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Hi Sha! After spending time with extended family due to the loss of my grandfather, I have to say this Hub is spot on. In my speech at his funeral, I stated my grandfather was a man that esteemed others higher than himself.

      It is disappointing that more people in my family didn't inherit my grandfather's genuineness and graciousness. Instead, they all have an ax to grind.

      And I always say, why make life more complicated? Just think about everything we have to be thankful for. Great insight Sha!

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