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I was blind_

Updated on February 8, 2013

I pulled back the executioner's hood

and found a mirror staring back

depression came in like a whirlwind

and I didn't even know

until I was in

I couldn't escape

the smell of cigarettes

stale beer

cheap perfume

these memories of betrayal

became my shackles and chain

I was a prisoner

and you weren't ashamed

I was naked

and the whole world just stopped

and laughed, like my life was some kind of a joke

but you silenced the crowd

you stood up for me

helped me get dressed

you even brushed my hair for me

cleaned my cuts

and helped hide

the bruising

Father time grew hands of vine

and I almost stopped breathing

but you saw my pain

and you came

I was starving

for something I did not have

the dessert tray

was always out of reach

and my faith

eventually became a rotting corpse

but then you came

pulled me away from the maggots and flies

you touched my soul with sweet lullaby's

your smile

melted the ice

but it was your warmth

your hands around my body

that made the sun rise

I couldn't swallow the lies anymore

if you've never been there before

you probably don't even care

but some of you know what I mean

some of you

have seen


the desert sand

when all you wanted

was a helping hand

sometimes life gives you lemons

and that's all it sends

over and over again

when it rains it pours

that's how every chapter begins

confessing my sins



I just wanted to hear the words

I love you

and that's when you came

called me beautiful

I was thirsty

and you gave me something to drink

and when I was finally able to rise to my feet again

I looked into Your eyes

and saw myself in them


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    • SiberianWolf profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric T. Shortridge 

      5 years ago from MidWest

      epigramman... thank you! You should be a life coach or something :) You always know how to inspire others and lift them up, thank you... enjoying a warm cup of coffee myself this morning... and looking forward to the warmer weather ahead :)

      Peace my friend

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      5 years ago

      This is probably the greatest poetic love story ever written , Sir Eric, it reminds me of a foreign language film from Europe because it's so intense, passionate and intimate but then again look at who is writing these words - a gentleman who is teaching a master class in poetry.

      Sublime and lovely and straight from your beautiful heart.

      Sending you warm wishes with a cup of coffee, the viola da gamba and another sunny day with milder temperatures.

      Are we in late March already? lol

      lake erie time ontario canada 10:15am

    • SiberianWolf profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric T. Shortridge 

      5 years ago from MidWest

      Icbenefield... thank you so much... Good to know there are people like you out there :) Much love

    • SiberianWolf profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric T. Shortridge 

      5 years ago from MidWest

      thanks so much Gypsy... I love your spirit :)

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      5 years ago from Georgia

      Voted beautiful. Very touching. Thanks for sharing the message.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and beautiful. Let's keep the faith and never forget to reach out to others in understanding and care. Wonderful poem and passing this on.

    • SiberianWolf profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric T. Shortridge 

      5 years ago from MidWest

      thanks so much Faith... love the name :) yes, some people are starving for things other than food... I think we can give people a cup of love to drink... and a plate of gratitude to eat... or clothe people in forgiveness... appreciate your time and kind words my friend - Love and Light

    • SiberianWolf profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric T. Shortridge 

      5 years ago from MidWest

      hey mhatter :) Yes, thanks so much... always enjoy finding you here... I hope you are well and staying warm these winter days - Peace

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Very dramatic and amazing poetry here to glorify our Lord God. Thank you for sharing your God-given gift of writing here with us.

      Stunning work!

      Voted up and sharing ++++

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      I am assuming this is a well illustrated poem. Thank you


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