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Updated on March 27, 2012
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I am shedding

Layers upon layers

Years that have passed by

The little girl I was before

The teenager then

The twenty year old

The thirty year old

Every layer was a lesson

Of who I grew up to be

I used to see it as pain

Built up

Holding me back

From the true me

But it was just a layer

Holding within




All in between

I embarked upon

A healing journey

Finally I am able to

Peel off these layers

Stripping down to

The real me

No judgment

No regrets

No depression

No sadness

No anger

Only lessons

Are left

The layers don't define me

I am deeper than a layer

Of an existence long ago

I have found the home

Within me

Deep inside

I have let go

This poem is about changes in my life that have inspired me to become a different person. I feel more aware, more enlightened, and stronger. The "layers" symbolize changes that have occurred during periods of time - the years that have gone by. Some years were more painful then others, some more happy. Each I believe where an important lesson. The layers that are being shed are the holding onto to painful circumstances that I couldn't control. We all have them. Our cells hold on to memories that form us as people. We can shed them and let go. Sometimes we can define ourselves by things that happened. The only way to grow is to let go and realize that whatever happened had it's time, was a lesson and does not define us as people. We can all change. When I realized this, I was set free.


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    • carolinemd21 profile imageAUTHOR

      Caroline Marie 

      7 years ago

      Thank you ImKarn23 for the sweet compliments!

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      Karen Silverman 

      7 years ago

      Come out of your coccoon, Carolne, and start living again! coccoons are often necessary for healing and learning - and this lovely poem indicates you've accomplished both! Loved the words and the meaning behind them!

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      Caroline Marie 

      7 years ago

      Thank you Blossom for your kind words and for reading. :)

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      7 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      So good! Voted up and awesome. It is so important to be able to adapt to change, but how we don't want to! the status quo always seems better.

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      Caroline Marie 

      7 years ago

      Thank you for reading Eddy! Take Care.

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      7 years ago from Wales

      Oh yes voted up up and away!!

      Take care


    • carolinemd21 profile imageAUTHOR

      Caroline Marie 

      7 years ago

      @ Lastheart thank you for stopping by! Bless u too my friend.

      @ Sky thank you for stopping by and commenting! I need to look up that song! Sounds great! Cheers.

      @ Katrine very true words. Thank you for reading and commenting. :)

      @ Cheryl thank you for reading and commenting. :)

      @ Hi Ruby thank you! I am glad it made you want to peel off some layers. :)

      @ Hi Debbie thank you for our comment and stopping by! Always appreciate your visits.

      @ Gypsy That is so true. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. :)

      @ Raciniwa thank you for your lovely comment. :)

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      7 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      I am glad to hear that from...there is no way left but to go up, and shed those layers as you go through the metamorphosis...

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      7 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome! Through are entire lives we continue learning from the good and the bad. This is what shapes and molds us.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      7 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow this is awesome... layers.. I can relate. and you described it so well. the things we go through in life. and plus it's how we handle what we go through. the lessons we learn..

      voted up and awesome


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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is wonderful. Peeling layers, your poetry reminds me of doing just that. Thought provoking..Loved it..

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      Cheryl Simonds 

      7 years ago from Connecticut

      i think we can all take a lesson from this hub, caroline, thank you so much for sharing. :) PS voted up and beautiful

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      7 years ago

      Caroline, I can so relate to your lovely words. Life is a journey, which is never a straight road under the sun. Just like a day comes after the night, sun after the rain, so does happiness after sadness, joy after pain...we are here to learn and mature with time. We can only do that in a process of our own self discovery. Any experience, good or bad is important, as it changes us, we learn from it and become stronger. :-)

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      7 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      Beautiful Caroline . This is so sweet , and here is why : I always love the song , I think it's by Aretha Franklin and or Chaka Khan one of them.

      I have dissect that song in and out and I even used in in one of my hubs.

      You don't become a new you you have peeled off the layers that were getting to comfortable on a changing you , and you are finally, to shake it . They will try to redevelop , but I think you got it.



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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      7 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Voted up and the rest except funny. I love this!! Be blessed my dear friend.


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