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Learning to Fly (On the Way Down)

Updated on February 5, 2015
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She was strong enough to make the climb

Even while not feeling like it all the time

Inside, she always believed that she could soar

Though it often took all she had just to take a few steps forward

Something always seemed to knock her to the ground

Still, there was a determination down deep within to be found

A determination to, come what may, hold to the truth within her soul

Despite the many attacks on it and the struggles to remain whole

Each time she fell she simply picked herself back up

Always letting go to leave it all behind, sure enough

Until she stumbled somewhere along the path

Tumbling head over heels and something snapped

This time it seemed she lost all of her grace

Harder than ever before to put the pieces back in place

It was dark but somehow always with a tiny spark of lighting

Little did she know, all she had to do to find it was stop fighting

To gather up those tattered wings once more

Close her eyes, take a leap, and soar

She may never know what is to be in store

Or when the time is right to land ashore

But the heart can fly just as high, unbound

Even when the feet are chained to the ground




I love the lyrics to this song and the instrumental parts.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very uplifting! A beautiful testament to the resilience of the human species. Nicely written!

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Thank you, Bill. Your words are very appreciated. Thank God for resilience! (I had actually edited that, but you read the first version, I believe, because you commented so fast!)

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I liked it a lot, thank you for sharing it with us.

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Hi Eric. Glad you like it. Have a wonderful day!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I love this! Tattered wings can still soar. Yea...

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      I think so, Ruby!

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      Karen Silverman 2 years ago

      You're a survivor girl! You may hit the ground now and again, but who doesn't...

      It's all about dusting off those wings..

      hugs

      xx

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      shanmarie.....You help us to believe in the powers of the human spirit...this is simply awesome. Bless your brave heart...Peace, Paula UP+++

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Very nice poem and I love the title and message Shanmarie. Spread those wings and soar. I loved the rhyme throughout, just the last two lines threw me. Maybe that was intentional for effect though. Well done anyway.

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Thanks, Leslie!

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      What an unexpected compliment, Paula! That's humbling. Thank you.

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Well, Jodah, to be honest, it was not intentional, but it was what I wanted to say, the main point, and nothing rhymed. LOL Sorry to throw you off. ;)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      A beautiful and motivational message in these powerful lines. Thank you!

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Thank you, MsDora! If it's motivational, I'm happy!

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      There you go, Jodah. It's way too early for me to be awake. I woke up cold because my child stole my blanket and left me to sleep uncovered with goosebumps. Haha. But. . . it hit me that unbound rhymes with ground. ;) Thank you for pointing that out to me.

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      Nellieanna Hay 2 years ago from TEXAS

      It's so personal and expressive, and, yes, as others have noted, it's a testament to the human spirit!

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Aw, Nellieanna. Thank you. But when I am thinking clearly and close to my best, I do not see it as anything more than just being a necessity of life to get back up when I fall down and to be grateful because somewhere else someone else is hurting more or suffering worse.

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      Nellieanna Hay 2 years ago from TEXAS

      Ah, yes. Flying is not for the faint of heart. . . .

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      :) It's no always easy and sometimes scary, that's for sure.

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      Joshua Alexander 2 years ago from Florida

      This is such beautiful poetry, thanks for sharing this wonderful work of art.

      "But the heart can fly just as high, unbound

      Even when the feet are chained to the ground"

      Love that quote!

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Thank you, defiatrobots. I love it too, because I had to learn that for myself.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      "Inside, she always believed that she could soar" -- it all starts with the belief. I like the determination that pervades this poem.

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Aw, thanks Flourish! I suppose it is a poem about determination - even after a fall. Your comment is particularly meaningful. Thanks again.

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      Joanna Chandler 24 months ago from On planet Earth

      Hello to you again :) I believe within us we all have that feeling to soar, some of us just don't know where and how to get off the ground. It really takes a will power to do so.

      I have flown many times and fell down but I believe those times are called. "Healing of the Wings" restoration to build that faith to fly again.

      Have a Blesse day :)

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      Shannon 24 months ago from Texas

      I suppose falling is part of flying, LadyFiddler. Sometimes it truly does require a tremendous amount of willpower to do so.

      You have a blessed day as well.

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      Kathleen Cochran 23 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Little did she know, all she had to do to find it was stop fighting - AMEN

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      Shannon 23 months ago from Texas

      Hi, Kathleen. That line is particularly personal. Glad you like it. :)

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