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Look me in the eyes before you tell me what you see

Updated on June 30, 2012

The world is full of difference, which is not often recognized

What do we really know about the people we see?
What do we really know about the people we see? | Source
Can you see their soul, The moment that you meet?
Can you see their soul, The moment that you meet? | Source
What we have inside-may not be what it seems.
What we have inside-may not be what it seems. | Source
Be gentle, be caring, be careful to be kind.
Be gentle, be caring, be careful to be kind. | Source
Realize that the person you meet- has also had a life, Which you may not recognize.
Realize that the person you meet- has also had a life, Which you may not recognize. | Source

Look me in the eyes before you tell me what you see

Look me in the eyes,

Before you tell me what you see.

Can you see my memories,

And the times I’ve been made to bleed?



Can you hear the hurt,

I have buried deep inside?

A pain I can’t forget,

But one I refuse to let determine my life.



Do you feel the confusion,

The loss of control,

The transformation of an illusion,

Created from within my soul?



I keep hold of time,

And don’t let it hold me back.

But as I try to focus on time,

I am made to realize all that I still lack.



The anger is taken by acceptance,

The acceptance turns to peace,

And when the world becomes clear,

I can then begin to see.



Living and Breathing,

A little past due.

But better late than never

As I am determining my truth



If you don’t want to understand

I don’t understand why not

It is the world which we live in

What we have is all we got



I allow my eyes to become heavy,

No longer forcing them open at night,

Now I can finally dream,

As long as I continue to fight.



So tell me now,

As you look into my eyes,

Who do you think I am,

Under my disguise?


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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Eiddwen-thank you for the compliment and for reading my work. It is because of the positive feedback that I continue to write and post here...So thank you much!

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Once more you have captured the moment in your sweet and natural way. You are so talented and thank you for sharing this talent with us on here.

      Take care my friend.

      Eiddwen.

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Plarson

      you are very right...we never know another beings journey and it is foolish to act as if we ever could. thank you for the comment-I appreciate the feedback

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      Plarson 6 years ago from Alabama

      Beatiful reminder that all is not as it would seem at times. As well as, hard to know someone without having walked the life they have lead that brought them to the moments they share with you. _Paul

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Rafini- Thank you! I have no idea why so many of us choose to hide, rather than be seen...Suppose that we dont want to give anyone a chance to see us, so they will not have the opportunity to hurt us.

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Winsome- Thanks for stopping by and reading this one, and for looking into the meaning of the poem with such clarity. I appreciate all the support...

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      barbergirl28,

      Thank you for the comment- I am glad you enjoyed the poem :)

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      Rafini 6 years ago from Somewhere I can't get away from

      Wow, that was beautiful. Why must people always put up a shell of protection that only serves as prevention?

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      Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Hi Holly, I have always been fascinated by the biblical "royal disease" of leprosy visited upon some more rebellious Old Testament kings. Those who do not learn from the pain of past experiences were given a chance to experience life with no pain--with nothing to gauge our excesses or missteps, the leper was often damaged beyond repair. It is nice to read your journeys that demonstrate you learn and appreciate how it helps you decide the positive path. Thanks for the look. =:)

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Very touching and meaningful. You have a way with words!

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      michael ely

      Thank you! Thank you... glad you enjoyed the poem and the pics... I try, and sometimes I get lucky enough to get rewarding results for the efforts :)

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      livingsimply- Thank you, how very kind of you to say, happy to read you enjoyed it as well!

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      chspublish, Thanks for the comment, and you are very welcome- i appreciate you reading my work, and am glad you enjoyed it...

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Ghaelach, LOL... No big deal-the great thing about poetry is that the writer can write something that is a reflection of who they are or what they are feeling and the reader can utilize the poem in whatever way, shape or form they feel they can relate to it by. I understand that not every reader will pull the same information from a series of words that I do when I write them, and I do not take offense to different interpretations...No worries, just glad that people are incline to even read my work, regardless of the interpretation :) Thanks again for taking your time to read and to comment :)

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      michael ely 6 years ago from Scotland

      Love this poem H.C Porter. Sometimes you can take things from the 'demons' or experiences throughout your life and it can be up to the individual whether to use them for a positive or negative feeling. Also, the pictures you use here are really good.

      Michael.

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      livingsimply 6 years ago from Isle of Arran, Scotland

      A thought-provoking and wise poem that deserves its praise.

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      chspublish 6 years ago from Ireland

      Thanks for looking out and sharing your inner world as to where you are right now with all. Beautiful.

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      Ghaelach 6 years ago

      Morning HC.

      I seem to have gone off in another direction as to your poem. Please for give me and next time I'll read your poems three or four times over and digest what you are saying a bit better. Have a nice Sunday. lol

      Ghaelach

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Randy Behavior-very true... we should all keep this in mind each time a thought or assumption enters our minds about another person...thanks for the perspective/quote and comment :)

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Ghaelach,

      Thanks for the comment and for reading. In regard to the comment about confusion, in contrary, this poem is not about confusion...but more so the transformation or realization of who you are and how your past effects your life. We each have a say as to if we are happy or sad...some blame life events on their unhappiness... I have... but have come to realize- it doesnt have to be that way... So my happiness is now stemmed from what I hold in my soul, who I believe to be and what I aim to accomplish in my life. My past and the hurt is all still there...it is apart of who I am-but it is not the deciding factor as to how I will live my life. Hope that clears up any confusion as to what the meaning of this poem is/was...

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Debarshi Dutta,

      Thank you, I am glad you enjoyed this one-thanks for commenting...

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      crystolite,

      thank you! I try to match the pictures I include with each poem I write. Sometimes it come easily, other times- the poem remains unpublished until I find something sufficient. Thank you for reading and commenting

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      A.A. Zavala

      Thanks, I am sure that most don't understand there hurt or regret or even feelings most of the time, I try to make it a point to stay in touch with mine and express who I am in all that I write and do...Keeps life more natural and less complicated

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Golfgal, thank you for the information...I did not know that...and am always up to furthering my education! :)

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      kashmir56,

      Thanks! and thanks for reading, I am glad you enjoyed the poem so much!

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      Randy Behavior 6 years ago from Near the Ocean

      I enjoyed this H.C.; you've touched on something universal here. I went looking for a quote but couldn't find it. Something about suspending judgement for we can not know the pain another carries inside. Well done.

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Genna East - I am honored that you feel that way and thank you so much for saying that... it was a beautiful compliment that I am honored to have received! Thank you!

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Jeremey- thank you for your support I am glad you enjoyed the poem!

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      randslam- thank you for your comment (both of them, I appreciate the feedback and support)...

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      mckbirdbks -thank you. that was a very nice compliment to hear :)

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Fay Paxton- thanks for taking the time to read and to comment

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Extinct Soul,

      thank you for the comment, I am glad you enjoyed my work :)

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      Ghaelach 6 years ago

      It seems you are asking a question that is very hard to answer. I hope this pain and confusion is only in the poem.

      Very lovely poem to read. lol

      Ghaelach

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      Debarshi Dutta 6 years ago from Calcutta

      a wonderful poem self analysis..and very nicely told...

      I really like this poem of yours about yourself and if I ever get to meet you i am sure i would like it more..but until that happens whoever you are you are a very wonderful soul.

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      Emma 6 years ago from Houston TX

      Fantastic article that really attracted my attention through the cool pics in there.thanks for sharing.

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      Augustine A Zavala 6 years ago from Texas

      Looks like we have similiar windows into our soul. Mine get dingy at times from regret and lost moments. Thank you for sharing.

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      Rand Zacharias 6 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

      Golfgal tells an interesting tale that North Americans could learn from. Look into the eyes and quit reading the fine print--liars are liars and truth of the soul will set you free.

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      Golfgal 6 years ago from McKinney, Texas

      When greeting someone is Africa they say, "I see you" instead our Hello. It is way to validate each other. I think so many times we pretend to see someone but aren't really looking at them at all. Looking into the eyes and into their soul. cudos.

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi H.C Porter, WOW what a very beautiful and touching poem !

      Awesome !!!

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Lovely poem that tells of the journey. I see your eyes as open, giving, thoughtful and candid, and do not miss very much, which is reflected in your writing. And I can't say that about very many people. :)

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      Jeremey 6 years ago from Arizona

      Wonderful to read, easily relatable by most anyone I would imagine.

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      Rand Zacharias 6 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

      Wonderfully written, it is too bad the journey always entails a battle...gotta fight. Again, a beautiful poem about the journey--not the destination.

      Thanks, HC.

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      mckbirdbks 6 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Your beautiful disguise is having trouble concealing your beautiful soul. Very touching poetry.

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      Fay Paxton 6 years ago

      The eyes do tell the tale. A very nice poem.

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      Extinct Soul 6 years ago from 14°35'N 121°0'E

      this beautiful piece put a smile on my face..thanks for sharing!

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Cagsil thanks for the read and the comment...and for the compliment. Nice assessment of personality. kinda creepy though, lol :)

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      Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America

      Behind those eyes is a wonderfully beautiful woman who desires the loving attention she craves, while maintaining her inner child, which allows her to endure the indifference in the world around her and have a solidly based family of respect, that only brings happiness and love to the forefront. Your words, as always, are excellent. Thumbs up! :)

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      FaithDream, thanks! I am glad you read and enjoyed the poem...and read the meaning behind it well...

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      FaithDream 6 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Beautiful. They say the eyes are the window to our soul. You described it beautifully.