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I Love the Fighter in You (After the Storm)

Updated on January 4, 2014

Destruction .




They don’t have to feel me

to know it’s heart breaking.

It’s gut wrenching.

Please share your story

and be specific.

Cause I want people to remember it

when they see you smiling again.

In the meantime,

know that I am praying for you;

and my dear one

I love the fighter in you.

You’re such a fighter.

Life is a struggle.

You’re forced to hustle.

You know someone somewhere

has got to love you.

But how much love do you really feel

knowing your closest friend was killed?

You know you couldn’t have stopped it.

Was this part of God’s plan,

or is it true that

evil sometimes wins?


Broken bricks.

Crying kids.

Isn’t it incongruous

when the streets are flooding

and you can’t find

water safe enough to drink

or bathe in?

I know, I know

please don’t explain.

Please, don’t ask me

cause I’m searching for

answers myself.

Baby, I don’t know why

this storm didn’t

leave us

with a pretty rainbow

in the end.

Let me just say that,

I love the fighter in you.

You are such a soldier.

I could hold ya,

but I don’t think you need me

to comfort you.

I love the fighter in you.

Surrounded by only tarnished strings,

you still don’t fuss about

what life used to be.

You don’t bitch about what you have lost.

Love your neighbor and share your heart,

in the aftermath of destruction.







Please don't let the sting

overwhelm you.

You’re a survivor.

You are strong for a reason.

Wisdom comes with time

and I found the answer

to my own question.

Evil never wins.

We won’t continue

suffering in darkness.

Look to your scars for inspiration

and then we can

make our own damn rainbows,

after the storm.

Baby, I love the fighter in you.

Random Madness Poetry Challenge

This poem was written in response to the following Random Madness Hurricane Sandy Poetry Challenge You should check it out and submit one too : )


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      Ryem 4 years ago from Maryland

      Thank you. I appreciate it!

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      Maurice Wisdom Bishop 4 years ago from San Tan Valley

      Your photos and poetry in itself is powerful. I love it. Much Love and Respect.

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      Ryem 5 years ago from Maryland

      Thank you Waheed, I truly appreciate the support in your words.

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      Waheed Chuahdary 5 years ago from United States

      Wow.................. what a nice poem. This poem is such a nice poem. The entire collection of Photos and poems such a great combination with each other. I feel pleasure to read this poem. I appreciate your knowledge. Voted up.....

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      Ryem 5 years ago from Maryland

      Thank you, Integrity!

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      IntegrityYes 5 years ago

      That rocks and I voted up for sure.

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      Ryem 5 years ago from Maryland

      Hi, Mhatter and Jan thank you for stopping by. You are both wonderful! : )

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Your flare really came out in this insightful tribute. Thank you.

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      Janhorner 5 years ago

      A modern poet you are Ryem, and you have developed your own style which I find very interesting. This storm has caused such destruction and the problem is no one can stop these things from happening; like an earth quake.

      Enjoyed very much, voted up,


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      Ryem 5 years ago from Maryland

      Thank you. I'm glad you liked it : )

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      Suzette Walker 5 years ago from Taos, NM

      Very personal, positive and up-beat. Great poem!

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      Ryem 5 years ago from Maryland

      Thank you jan & btrbell. It's always nice hearing from you ladies. : )

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      Janis Leslie Evans 5 years ago from Washington, DC

      Nice tribute to surviviors. Poignant.

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Beautiful words, beautiful sentiments! Up and awesome!

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      Ryem 5 years ago from Maryland

      Thank you Mary and Philly!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Very profound poem. I voted it up and awesome.

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      Jose Velasquez 5 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      Nice perspective on the theme. Love in the face of adversity.

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      Ryem 5 years ago from Maryland

      Thank you, Faith. Your words are appreciated : )

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Very profound and beautiful and full of a lot of truths. Amen on this one dear one. Excellent write.

      Voted Way Up to the Heavens and sharing

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper