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Must a Bird Have Wings to Fly?

Updated on July 31, 2013

I sit and watch the bluebird

Flying in the sky

Wondering, where it goes

When it soars so high.

Where was the bluebird

Before it caught my eye?

There is no need to answer

Nor a purpose asking why.

Why, the bluebird flies

I shall never know

But that will not change the course

Of where this bird will go

I believe I am a bird

For I spend my days

Wandering around the clouds

And following sunrays

I’m unsure of where I’ve flown from

Or where I’m flying to

If I’m looking for the answers

Known only to a few.

I might just be a blue bird

Because I am so blue

I’m speaking of the feeling

Not referring to the hue

I mustn’t be a song bird

For I’ve forgotten how to sing

I’ve lost the will to share my words

Or much of anything.

I cannot be an owl

Because I’m not very wise

There's a lifetime of ignorance

Hidden in these eyes.

Oh how I wish

I were a dove

A symbol of peace

And reminder of love

But all the peace and love I give

Never seems to slow the war

Raging deep within my heart

Asking what is all this for?

I know I’m not an eagle

Certainly, I’m not free

I do not know what it is

But something’s holding me.

I know I’m lacking courage

And I’m definitely not brave

My frail, weak and damaged heart

I fear, I cannot save.

Perhaps I can be a robin

A rebirth or new beginning

Maybe the next time around

I’ll find a reason for singing.

One thing that I’m sure of

I am a bird with broken wings

I’m on a path to healing

Awaiting what tomorrow brings.

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      Hui (蕙) 3 years ago

      Great poem, and fabulous pictures! But I do think a bird need wings to fly. Even wings broken, but need healing before fly again. :)

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      It's been over a year since you wrote this deeply touching poetic master piece. I can't help but wonder how you are today. Are your lovely wings still broken or are they healed?

      You, are love. You, are a diamond. You, are so precious. You are worthy and deserving of life's very best. Such a sweetness abides within your heart. And you have touched mine ~

      Thank you for sharing your inspiration and talent. I am sending you a "hub-hug." Keep shining...my little star. ~ Audrey

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      So sweet and wonderful poem. To watch birds and have such intense feelings for them in one's heart is just awesome. Your words " I am a bird with broken wings " create such an lovely empathy with wonderful creatures like birds. Great poem, voted up. :-)

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      The Stages Of ME 3 years ago

      Cat

      Beautiful introspective words. I must believe the heart you speak of here isn't your own, as one so in touch with feeling must have an abundance to share with this world. If it were you or anyone reading this finds themselves in the sadness, remember with the beauty of introspection comes the freedom to fly. The past is where we find our strength, this strength will lead to the new roads ahead. Blessings to you, beautiful piece here :)

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Cat, this is so beautiful. I really hope you write some more like this.

      Voted up, ABI, and shared

      Shyron

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      You have a gift for what I call the beautiful write--take care

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      Kenneth C Agudo 3 years ago from Tiwi, Philippines

      Hundreds of hubbers loves your poem for it is filled with passion and love :P Very beautiful poem again.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Cat,

      Aww, this is such a sweet and sad poem. You have a way with words. You are a gorgeous, wise bird, even if you don't know which one you are.

      I love the song, too. It used to make me cry, especially when I was at the end of my marriage several years ago.

      The comments have been interesting, as well.

      I hope you are doing okay, and that you had a fantastic weekend!

      Hugs!

      ~ Kathryn

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      shanmarie 4 years ago

      Thank you, Faith Reaper, for the heads up. I have not been online much at all lately, and when I am, it is with a phone so I don't do much. I am humbled by dreamseeker's kindness. I am not sure I even deserve such a beautiful gesture, though. Hopefully I don't seem that down. Most days are good ad far as hope and not being discouraged. Played a game with my kids yestetday where we took turns naming things we're thankful for. Anyway, so many are worse off and I dont stay down long when I do feel that way. HP people are great! So glad to gey to know some of you.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Cat,

      Like shanmarie and James-wolve, I am hoping all is well with you.

      Sending sunshine your way,

      Kim

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi shanmarie, if you have not done so, you should visit dreamseeker as there is a sweet surprise there for you!

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      shanmarie 4 years ago

      Hey girl, I've emailed you a few times without response, which is unusual for you. I also see your absence here on your profile. Hope all is well with you.

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      I hope only you are vacationing somewhere and not something bad occurred.

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      W1totalk 4 years ago

      It is just a very interesting poem. You are a bird and you do fly Cantuhearmescream. Great read.

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      Cat ! You rascal , I will not allow your being down My girl ! You soar on the wings of every bird you mentioned ......and why you ask? Because of all the comments , hugs and compliments you've given to everyone - and look at these comments above ! NO my sweet and gorgeous girl you fly high ! Why if I was a younger man -well....I won't go there ,lets just say I would tuck you under my wing and away we would fly !.....your buddy Ed!

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      mr-veg 4 years ago from Colorado United States

      Sweet, sensible and heartfelt... Cat you pour out emotions in such a wonderful manner...I could easily imagine the blue bird in the sky and the emotions swirled around it :) ..... well you needn't fear about the shining rays or soaring into winds... you got it all in you, just need to take the leap of faith :D

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Cat ~ No, it's not just you. Having spent the last 2 days with my wonderful new-found grandchildren, my long-estranged son's children (now in their 30s) and talking about much 'water under the bridges', it could be no more clear that it is NOT just you who've encountered folks with agendas to keep one vulnerable and wing-clipped. I was a prime example with their grandfather, and they know him well enough to understand how and why it happened.

      That was refreshing for me to be able to explain to someone who actually fully knows the scenario & can see it clearly. It was and still is his nature and I permitted it - - for honorable reasons, but in the end, they were not served by my compliance, nor are they ever, fully. It is one's responsibility to protect oneself and to disallow others to damage or render one ineffective by complying to any damage to our being, which that always is if we allow it.

      Plus, such things perpetuate themselves in each new generation as children learn by example how to behave - either to be the aggressor or the victim, so now, tragically, there are others in the line who've repeated both behaviors: the keeping the other one down and the compliance to allow it. But now my grandchildren can see it and have chosen to change the pattern.

      Perspective highlights how impossible it is to control of change behavior of the one who perpetrates it AND how unnecessary it is to allow it and enable it. It takes two.

      But it's all up to whoever sees the fallacy in the behavior (usually the one on the receiving end) to make the necessary readjustments to change the outcome, the sooner, the better. Whether or not it has any effect on the 'ugly, tragic truth' that there are those all around willing to try to impose it, is not the issue nor the point at which one can do something positive to keep one's wings intact. The right to be intact is mostly in one's head, knowing one is not, or need not be, at the mercy of such individuals or life's vicissitudes, mostly by just refusing the psychological compliance with them and their agendas. It's a mind game, not a fixed 'truth' or a fact one must accept.

      One needn't change who she/he IS to resist it. In fact, doing so would only give over the most precious thing one has. So it's not 'fighting fire with fire' by retaliating, but rather keeping a mental bucket of water on tap and handy, to extinguish the mental effect on oneself if it arises. The fire is imaginary and easily extinguished if it doesn't spark a flame from one's compliance.

      Keeping one's wings out of the strolling paths of those whose bent seems to be to trample them helps, but even if they still mentally try to step on them, one need merely not to take it in mentally or accept it as valid, by more effectively flapping the mental wings than they're trying mentally to restrict them. Why allow it? It's up to oneself. One can be totally nice to them, not step on their wings and still simply not allow the trudging on one's own. If it's a pattern in effect to allow it, the main work to be done to change it is within one's own belief system, knowing & believing that one is entitled to BE and stay intact, - as are they; - but not at one's expense. If they can't understand that - they're in need of enlightenment. If they're not successful in efforts to subdue oneself, they'll have to get the message and sometimes, they really weren't trying to hurt one, but it was mostly all in one's own perception. Either way - the cure is always in one's own perception of what is going on, and making sure not to comply with mental manipulation, either real or imagined. If 'they' are still determined to try to hurt & balk at being denied the right to hurt, then it's no great loss of love, is it? That's not an expression of honest love from them. Hopefully, they might even learn better by one's quiet non-acceptance of it and/or resistance to it. Either way, though - your work in keeping your wings and other faculties in good operation and repair rests is with you, and theirs is with them. You're doing both a favor by asserting your responsibility for and right to BE and to keeping yourself in good working order. We do others no favor by bending and complying to damaging agendas.

      Try it - you'll like it. Hugs and love!

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      Insane Mundane 4 years ago from Earth

      @Docmo: There is nothing mellow about a poem featuring a bird with broken wings that crashes into the ocean while nearly drowning, only to get carried back to shore via dolphins in hope that plastic surgery can miraculously reattach an artificial flying apparatus so they can try again. Geez! LOL!

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Mellow, melancholic and mellifluous ..these words sing a sweet melody of longing and searching, of flying and drifting, of losing and finding. Love it! Awesome.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      You can be a robin this time around. Just get rested up and try not to dwell too much on things you can't change. Instead, focus on the things you can change and make a little difference here and there so that other people will gain courage that they too can be robins.

      I have known people who became discouraged looking around at the world and all the ugliness in it, but my suggestion is, do all you can to improve your little corner of the world. It will have a ripple affect. If everyone would do their best to make their own little corner of the world the best it can be, before you know it, the whole world would have great corners! ;) The ripple affect would take that positivity and good will and spread it all through the world.

      Beautiful poem showing your great gift of expressing difficult emotions and clearly a lot of work finding just the right graphics. Voted up, BAI, and will share.

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      dreamseeker2 4 years ago

      Beautifully written, Cat! But I feel your pain. Cleverly put and spun into a weave of emotion and turmoil, with symbolic references to birds. Had to be voted up and awesomly beautiful!! : )

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      Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

      I would love to have said all the things that "Rose-the-planner " said, but l am obviously too late. You have an army of fans here before me.

      I loved it, you wonderful woman. The song you picked could not have been more perfect to go with your fabulous writing.

      So glad to know you on HP.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Beautifully expressed, fantastic write. Loved your poem. Voted up and shared.

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      Your welcome.

      Have a hug back and a great day.

      Anna :)

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Oh, Insane... I was just about to call it a night when you snook right in there! So, what you're really saying is I should never give up? lol

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Anna,

      You're such a wonderful friend and while I might not be making any kind of money here, I'm getting something from you that money couldn't buy.

      I really appreciate the support and encouragement and I will push publish with pride! Thank you so much... I'm going to be with these thoughts now! Tomorrow will be a better day, thank you! I think very much of you as a person and a writer as well and so I'm doubly honored.

      Hugs to you!

      Cat

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      Insane Mundane 4 years ago from Earth

      Oh, you must have missed the punch line. Ya know, way back when Leonardo da Vinci tried to mimic a bird's wings and built a flying machine that didn't work.

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      Hi Cat

      You should never, ever have any hesitation publishing; you are very talented. You speak the truth whilst baring your soul and all in a really beautiful, creative way.

      You and your writing are awesome just the way you are and don't you ever let anyone tell you otherwise :D

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Insane Monday,

      Are you here to pick on me, per usual? :0

      You no like my poem?

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      drbj,

      I've gotta tell you (and I hope nobody's looking), I just absolutely admire you and your work, your wit and your knowledge. So often, I go seek you out and open your profile page, knowing that I'm in need of some drbj... lol, and then either notifications or life, pull me away. But, you always have the most interesting things to say and I get it! I do. Sometimes you need a gentle slap to shake it off and have a little sense knocked in ya and you are so good at doing that! So, thank you for rocking and thank you for your generous visit and your awesome comment! I just adore ya!

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Vicki,

      I'm so happy that I've finally met you. You are such a sweet and wonderful person, thank you! By nature, I'd much rather make people laugh than be the one crying, but sometimes you've just got to let it out and it's definitely been therapeutic for me. Before, when I would be down or have something on my mind, I'd just scribble in a notebook and nobody would know my thoughts. It's a little awkward and I'm sometimes apprehensive about putting myself out there like this, but HP has been such a great place to vent and I'm grateful how accepting and comforting my friends have been. Thank you so much for offering such support and encouragement... now I can understand why others love you so much!

      Thanks again!

      Cat

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      Insane Mundane 4 years ago from Earth

      Leonardo da Vinci tried that before, but he failed; ha!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Eddy,

      Aw, that’s okay… I opened up a new hub of yours from my email and when I sat down to read it, it was gone! :o But I know you have plenty other new ones up to read and I’ll be there! :D

      Yes, my emotions write these and I hope they are better because they are real. They certainly serve as some form of therapy and I’m grateful to get it out and also for the support of wonderful hubbers like you. Now, I’m just waiting for some not so sad emotions to tie up my heart so I can write something a little happier… lol. Of course, I can always go over to your pages for sunshine! Thank you so much for your visit and lovely compliment.

      Lots of love to you!

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Beautiful Anna,

      I was so happy to see your name come through and now absolutely touched after reading your comment. Thank you, you are such a sweetheart with a wonderful soul… you definitely give me a sense of relief. These poems seem to write themselves but they’re awfully hard to publish, but you help give me strength! Thank you for your loving support… it means the world! Thank you, again!

      Hugs to you sweetie!

      Cat

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Dear Cat - there is a hoary aphorism that states: Good judgment comes from Experience. And Experience comes from Bad judgment. So okay, you've personally endured the bad judgment and received the experience. Now it's time to use the good judgment from this moment on and forget the past. That's an order, m'dear.

      Your poetry, BTW, is brilliant. Trust me!

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Hi Cat, just thought I'd drop by, and then, gee, I saw you seem to be a 'blue' bird with a broken wing! Life is very tough sometimes, especially for those of us who have lots to give, but barriers are there to prevent us from doing that. Take comfort from the fact that you have grown from your personal tragedy into a lovely, sensitive and deep person. Lots of people never achieve that in a lifetime, and you have another lifetime ahead of you to use it! I always believe you learn way more from the bad experiences than you do from the good. More power to you, as you move along in the journey of life!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Hi Cat I thought I had left a comment on here but maybe not. However great to read again and it is true that we write our best work when we are in an emotional frame if mind. Beautifully sad Cat and lots of love to you all the way from my little corner of Wales.

      Eddy.

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      My favourite work of yours Cat.

      Beautifully written, full of emotion and strength.

      When we close our eyes and refuse to see the truth around us we can never move on.

      But you are facing everything and in doing so will leave it behind.

      It might not feel like it but one day it will just be a distant bad memory which made you stronger and was helped shape you into the wonderful person you are.

      The answer and the path your looking for will appear one day.

      You are a strong and caring soul and I am sure soon you will be like the legendary Phoenix - Reborn, revitalised and soaring high.

      Anna :)

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      shanmarie 4 years ago

      Nighty night. Hope to be around more often soon.

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      shanmarie 4 years ago

      More than either one of us have.lol

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      How many pennies would it take to get from Texas to New York? lol

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      shanmarie 4 years ago

      Ok. You buying transportation? ;-) I know. I know. Spinach galore. Only proves my point. Lol.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Shan,

      Ha ha ha... I know you're typing from your phone, so I'll forgive you... but it's funny to listen to you talk about spinach while hunks of it are flying out of your mouth! lol.... 'makor spina ch' ...? Actually, I know what you're saying :D... but, I don't know about my spinach; I guess I'll have to return :D

      Being sick in the summer months is almost a foreign concept to me... much like your writing... it seems foreign... lol, 'mefeel linda crappy' ...

      Now, you absolutely have to have an awesome 'rest of the summer' after your awkward current living situation and having been sick. I know... you can come up to New York for vacation :D

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      shanmarie 4 years ago

      I know, you're playing,which is why I find it funny you accurately pinned me with seeing andnot reporting. If it makes you feel better, I found makor spina ch glob on a year oldblog post of mine the other day.

      I am better than I was, thanks. I hate eing sick and it happens so rarely. Usually Ijust get those sinus infections or colds that make mefeel linda crappy for a week or two but not with fever and bed and such.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Shan,

      I'm only playing... it's funny though how long we can go with spinach in our teeth and not even notice it and then how obvious it is when someone else brings it to our attention... lol.

      I'm sorry about you being sick, yes, I remember you mentioning your throat... are you better?

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      shanmarie 4 years ago

      I admit, I saw it. BUT I did not omit the info on purpose. I did good the last few days to even type at al.lol. Was really sick, in my defense and too lazy to write down the spinach. Then I only found one and not the other.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Shan,

      Well, Pampers commercials make me cry... lol, so I have to see the power, or lack there of behind this song and I'll be going to check it out from here :D

      By the way... thanks a lot; Nellieanna had to point out my spinach this time because you failed to do so! :D ... I'm playing of course, though I suspect you might've done it on purpose just to laugh at me... lol.

      I hope you had a good day girly!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      My sweet Nellieanna,

      I don’t think you could understand how comforting your words are this evening, to a Cat with broken wings :D … I so love what you said about having wings and knowing and choosing to use them. I don’t understand why it is that when we are in the most vulnerable of moments in our lives, other people seem to want to keep us there? Is it just me, or is this one of life’s ugly, tragic truths? I’m not sure I understand how you can love people and be a good person and yet have people holding your wings. Why? I’m sorry about the rant, but I’m going through something of a fragile phase right now and it just seems that some of the people in my circle are stepping on my wings. Point out my flaws? Why… I try to convince people that their flaws are only flaws to themselves and I, for one, appreciate flaws. I’m good enough at pointing out my own flaws… geesh! Okay, that’s it… I promise… lol (I just had a not so friendly email waiting in my mailbox that I read only moments ago and it’s really bothering me and fresh yet)

      On a more positive note; I just listened to that song as I was writing and it’s beautiful, thank you. I think I’m going to seek out the movie now as well; something tells me I’ll absolutely enjoy it.

      I really appreciate you telling me about the spinach and I’m going to have to fire Shan, as she is clearly not doing her job! Lol… I shudder to think how many people have read that! What frustrates me, is I always proofread before I publish and these things still seem to get by me. I don’t know if my fingers were working ahead of my brain or if I just had one of those moments… lol… but thank you, it’s all better now. Please just don’t tell anyone :D

      Thank you Nellieanna, honestly, I just took a large sigh of relief and I feel like I can face the night now… I didn’t feel like that a moment ago. You are so encouraging and uplifting… I will fly, and you no doubt will have helped me :D

      Hugs,

      Cat

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      shanmarie 4 years ago

      First, I apologize in advance if multiple versions of this comment appear as it seems to not be posting. Second, glad you digested the spinach and I am certain for more from one of us. Last, "Born to Fly" doesn't choke me up bwcause it is too whimsical, but my teenage heart surely related. I ztill do sometimes.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      By definition, a bird has wings, but that's just part of it. A bird must know it has them & choose to use the wings it has, if it is to fly. ;-)

      Have you seen "The Sandpiper"? (Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton). She finds a wounded sandpiper on the beach, brings it in, soothes it, splints its broken wing and lets it live in her cottage as it recuperates. But even when it does and can fly, it doesn't venture to fly free. It's become too used to being 'grounded'. Takes a lot for it to finally try it and fly free, even though it could have, all along. She sees in it, a correlation with the man's self-imposed captivity.

      It's a lovely movie & the song from it, "The Shadow Of Your Smile" is gorgeous: http://youtu.be/DQO09ulI_so

      [I hate to mention spinach at such a time as this but I think you mean 'singing', rather than 'signing' in that beautiful last verse.]

      Much love and hugs, Cat. Test those wings. You may surprise yourself. Meanwhile, Wayne is right: you're exercising them in your writing & interactions. But you deserve more, much more. Believe it!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Manatita,

      What a pleasant surprise! Thank you and yes, I will most definitely be reading your uplifting pieces, as I am up past my bedtime now, trying to catch up and free up some time.

      I really appreciate the kind and loving words; it really means a lot. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart!

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Raven,

      Oh, you can tell when my brother comes over... lol. Everyone else is trying to save my life... but you, you pat me on the back and say 'not bad sis'... lol.

      You might opt for something in the comedic genre, such as Why Do I Always Have to be on Top or My Wedding Fear? lol...

      Well, I'm happy you're home safe and sound! What a busy summer you've been having! Give everyone hugs and kisses for me! ... and I'm anxiously anticipating that next hub of yours; I'm guessing you've got all kinds of inspiration just stacked up :D

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      manatita44 4 years ago from london

      Be strong. You are my Spirit sister. You are a child of the Absolute and are unique. God is utilising you to do great things and to prepare you for much more. Never forget this. Read my poems. The uplifting ones. They will help you. Much peace and great fortitude to you.

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      Derek 4 years ago from Harper's Ferry

      Not bad Cathy, not bad! I like how you tie everything together. Nice piece!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Gypsy Rose Lee,

      Thank you, from one of my favorite poet's in the whole world; I'm flattered and honored. Thank you so much!

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      manatita44,

      Thank you so much, and double thanks for your overly gracious clicking too :D

      I love that poem, it’s beautiful and where it came from is unimportant. It’s perfect, I really appreciate it. The song is absolutely beautiful; how peaceful… thank you so much.

      I really appreciate the visit!

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      LaThing,

      Thank you; that means a lot to me. You strike me as being a very strong kind of woman and I admire you so it’s all the more comforting to think that you can relate and yet, you’re still here and going strong. I guess what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger, huh? I’m looking for that light! Thank you so much; I really appreciate the visit and the loving support! I hope all is well your way!

      Hugs to you sweetheart!

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      dghbrh,

      Thank you so much! What a beautiful comment you’ve left for me… I’m so thankful! Yes, I have poured my soul in this and I’m honored that it was able to go the distance and touch you! With friends around like you, I will fly free! Thank you so much for the visit and the most wonderful comments!

      Hugs and blessings to you!

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Sunny River,

      Wow, thank you... that was super sweet! Yes, a pair of wings to fly away the bad and toward the good would be wonderful! Now I just have to set my compass to 'Good'!

      Thank you... I really appreciate the visit and the beautiful comment!

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Wayne Brown,

      Thank you so much! I'm truly honored by the visit and the wonderful compliment!

      Thanks again,

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Shan,

      Sorry, it's too late... the spinach has already been digested :D

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Sweet Kim,

      Just your presence brings me a sense of relief. I know you understand me and get my words, even though I sometimes am not as sure myself. Thank you for always being that sunshine and warmth the pokes out from even the darkest of clouds!

      Hugs,

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      MizBejabbers,

      You absolutely made my night! That was about the most beautiful thing I’ve ever heard and you’ve brought tears to my eyes… it doesn’t matter that I’m emotionally unstable… lol, it was still beautiful. Thank you! I think I’m going through an early midlife crisis… I’m at a fork in the road and I’m trying to stop looking behind me and just pick a way to go! Thank you for your sweet, sweet comment; it really means a lot.

      Hugs to you!

      Cat

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. A truly wonderful poem with great pics that takes one on flights of fancy. Passing this on.

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      manatita44 4 years ago from london

      It is both awesome and beautiful. So I clicked twice. Powerful images too.

      The symbol of the bird in flight reminds us of our inner freedom; of our yearning to re-discover our true nature. Here's a nice poem for you. So sorry that it's not my own.

      "The bluebird, the bluebird, the blue bird, the blue,

      All you are is supremely true.

      Your soul is infinity's flight.

      All where you sprinkle nectar-delight."- Sri Chinmoy.

      Listen to the song here. You will like it:http://www.thebluebird.co.nz/about.html#bbsong

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Wow, Cats!! This is really touching...... I feel like I have been there, friend, and I am there with you! There is always light at the end of the tunnel, and yours is waiting.

      Beautifully written, voting up, ABI..... Hugs!

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      '.......I am a bird with broken wings

      I’m on a path to healing

      Awaiting what tomorrow brings.'

      I wish that tomorrow comes very soon with much warmth and peace everywhere for you my new friend.....You have poured out your soul in this one and the feel have touched many across the oceans and hundredth of miles away. Very soon my friend and you are about to fly free above the blues of far sky to spread your truest of smiles.

      Votes all up and shared across.

      Best wishes and many blessings your way:-)

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      vandynegl

      I’m so happy to have you here; I know that you understand. You’re so right about recognizing and embracing our weaknesses! That’s very comforting, especially for someone who is so self-aware!... Now I just need to work on that embracing part! Tomorrow is a new day and it will only be what I make it; so here’s to a better tomorrow!

      Thanks deary, I so appreciate the visit and wonderful comment!

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Lurana,

      Thank you! I know that even beautiful moments come out of ugly years, but it’s one thing to have a bad day, it’s another to have bad years! In all honesty, while I was there, in those years, I found my own happiness; in my kids and moments and magic in daily life. I knew I wanted out and I wanted a different path and once my mind was made up, it seemed to take forever. It’s a horrible feeling to wish days away. Now, I’m sad that I’ve wished so much of my life away and even sadder that I gave so much away. But, I can find enough good in those days to take away from that time and I should remember them and forget the rest. I kind of feel like I’m on the hump of a rainbow… waiting to see if there’s a pot of gold on the other side and fearing I’ll lose another decade if I don’t make the right choices. I think the fear of reliving my past is ruining my future. I’ll get there though! :D … and thank you, I really appreciate your words and I know you can relate to a certain extent, what I’m talking about. I checked out that bluebird link and I can’t believe how many times it’s been referred to in that way! I guess it’s just another form of proof that much of what we see is how we see it. Thanks again!

      Hugs,

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Abby,

      You’re such a sweetheart, thank you! I have to say, being funny is a lot easier. Comedy has been my shield, my diverter, my drug of choice and my best friend for all my life and I will always be, that person. I’d think I’m too young for a midlife crisis, but I think after I get through this phase of my life, I won’t need a midlife crisis! Ha ha... I am a happy person, really, I am. I have a lot to be grateful for. I’ve just been doing a lot of reflecting and wondering lately, about the past and the future. I just need to start focusing on the present! Thank you Abby, really you’re so sweet and I really do appreciate you and all you’ve said. “Obstacles are a blessing in disguise”; I’ll remember that and I’ll carry it with me. Thanks for the hugs! I feel quite a bit better now ;-)

      Many hugs and a lot of love to you!

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      The one and only, love ya to death, Leslie! :D

      Oh goodness, if you and I lived close enough to be friends in the real world; me thinks I’d be diagnosed with Bipolar… lol. Tis ‘cause you make me want to laugh and cry all the time! You’re beautiful Leslie and I’ve admired you, for all that you are, since the first day I met you. I consider myself so lucky to have you in my circle of friends and yes, you are a true friend. I often think of you when I think of a strong woman that you can’t knock down. You are the epitome of strength and beauty! (Okay and wit and talent and sass and intelligence… I could go on, but this is my hub, isn’t it? lol…) just kidding, you’re the best and I absolutely adore you! Thank you!!!

      Love ya!

      Cat

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      Sunny River 4 years ago from A Place Without A Name which resides somewhere between Fantasy and Belief, just north of Reality

      Such a beautiful and touching poem! I think we all long for wings to fly away from things with and I believe you would be the loveliest blue bird of all. :)

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Patriot Quest!

      Hey you! Thank you so much; that means a lot! I see you’ve got a new one up…. I’m on my way! Thanks again for stopping and for the compliment!

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Sweetest Faith Reaper,

      This is a whole day later for me and after reading your beautiful comment, I realize how fresh and raw this still is for me.

      I can say that I am not broken hearted because of a man; it’s just life and after starting over more than 5 years ago, I’m a little lost and confused and I’m not longer okay with idleness. I think I’m supposed to be somewhere, doing something, but what… I don’t know and it’s just making me reflect on lost days and creating anxiety about future days as well. I don’t know what’s come over me lately and why I’m on this mission.

      What you said absolutely brought tears to my eyes, but in a very special way. I suppose I could be directing my energy and attention onto things like that instead. I know that I need to strengthen every relationship I have right now and that is one of them.

      You are right; each day brings new hope for a new beginning! I am grateful for the day, sometimes I just worry I’m not living up to its expectations… but I will work on improving my thinking. Thank you so much Faith; your words are so beautiful and they truly touch my heart!

      Hugs and love and many blessings to you, as you are to me!

      Cat

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      Excellent, just excellent! ~WB

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      shanmarie 4 years ago

      Haha it was supposed to say not saying...

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Cat,

      You have taken metaphorical expression to whole new level--one that soars high--even though the sentiment chirps songs of sadness. I have decided that when I see your bird spirit flying around here, I will sing back--sending you home with sunshine and warmth.

      Kim

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      MizBejabbers 4 years ago

      Cat, beautiful spirit, I so hope this poem isn’t about yourself. It is so beautiful and so sad. I think it is the best piece of poetry I’ve read on HP, and definitely your best. But then I must say that it would be the best of the best. Your choice of music is awesome, too. Just remember that we are Earth Angels and we’ve temporarily given up our wings, so yes the blue bird can fly without wings. We don’t need them for this sojourn. You go, you precious spirit. Voted you up and awesome.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Eddy,

      Thank you so much for your visit and the compliment! Hope you have a wonderful day yourself!

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Mhatter99,

      Thank you, Martin! I could spend a lifetime in your dreams; I always dance there!

      Thank you again!

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      I'm sorry Shan, is that Chinese? lol

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      My beautiful Rose!

      Thank you! You made my day yesterday and now today! Your kind words and support really mean a lot and they’ve touched my heart. I guess it’s all a matter of how we look at things. When I think about the ugly times, I’m sad they happened, but yes, because I am so aware of how much damage one person can do and how deep words can cut, I am very conscious of how I treat people and I only want people to feel good about themselves. I may not have been as in tune to this, had I not been where I have. Thank you Rose, again… and I have to say that you are such a gift to the community yourself and I’m sure you’ve touched the hearts of many!

      Big hugs to you!

      Cat

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      vandynegl 4 years ago from Ohio Valley

      Beautiful and honest. Looking at the journey that we all take, some of us fly higher and sing louder, others waddle on the ground a little longer. Either way, keeping your hope of a new tomorrow is the first step. I don't know too many people who don't have a broken wing under them. We all have weaknesses. I think that recognizing them and embracing them allows us to move forward.

      Excellent poem :) Enjoyed reading as usual!

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Lovely writing! Sending you heartfelt hugs. I get overwhelmed by sadness and regret too, so I empathize deeply. I also feel like I wasted 8 years of my life in a really awful relationship where my life was on hold, and I'm finding it difficult to start over, etc. etc. ....but I see a lot of good advice and kindness in the comments above and I know you know that all we can do is just keep going and be grateful we are here now instead of back where we were.

      I think it's a beautiful irony that the"blue" bird is also the "bluebird of happiness" in many cultural references:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluebird_of_happiness

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      Abby Campbell 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Cat, I was so surprised to read this from my very funny poet. I read much sadness in your words here, and I just wanted to reach out and give you a HUGE hug, my friend. The poem is beautiful, but I wish there was a way I could take away the hurt. I read this, seeing myself in it in times pass. Your healing will come, Cat. It's one day at a time, but it WILL come. Though these times in life are not fun whatsoever, they do help us grow and you will see this one day when you look back. One of my mottos is, "Obstacles are a blessing in disguise." I try to remember this when I am feeling blue. Sending you many hugs and much love!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Excuse me, might i, ahem 'chirp' in here?

      (that was a rhetorical question, btw..lol)

      YOU, my incredible friend - are each and every one of the above. Emphasis on EAGLE!

      Only the most evolved, the most intuitive, the most self-aware - could even BEGIN to have these doubts and complex thoughts - never mind put them down so perfectly on paper!

      you are brilliant, talented and deeply caring - do NOT let THEM tear you down, my friend - build YOURSELF up and i shall support you as well!

      signed..

      someone who knows..lol

      sharing/caring

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      Wayne Joel Bushong 4 years ago from America

      Excellent work! Loved the dove part! voted up!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Very beautiful Cat. I do not know from where your sadness comes, but I do know there is One who loves you just the way you are, and He is sad when you are sad, for He sees just how beautiful you are in His eyes, and what you are not seeing. You are more valuable than the rarest of gems on this planet. This is a truth. May God send His Love like sunshine in His warm and gentle way, to fill each corner of your heart each moment of today.

      I am praying that God reveal to you just that and that your heart not be closed to love, for each new day brings with it hope for a new beginning. The past is gone, and it will never return or redo anything, and tomorrow, not one of us knows what it will bring, so it is this day, today, we must live in and chose to live in it and be happy at all costs, for tomorrow may never come for any of us.

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Wonderful Cat and voted up. Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Beautiful poem. If it is any consolation, consider my situation. In your dreams we can dance,There I live...

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      shanmarie 4 years ago

      Im not sYin you do have anything to tell. Just sayin. Lol.

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      You know Cat, you are already winning the battle. The decade that you spent in misery has actually helped to make the person that you are today. The negative experiences that you went through has translated into something exceptional right here in this community. In some way you have touched everyone that you have come in contact with on this site by always showing sincerity and empathy in your posts and offering caring and kind words to those who sometimes feel the need for a little support. Also, you always showcase the work of various writers so that others can recognize their fine work. Above all else, you amaze us with your wonderfully diverse work that you always pour your heart and soul into. Whenever you're feeling down, remember that at least in this small part of your world you have made a positive impact! Take care and big hugs. -Rose

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Man of Strength,

      What more can you say? You can say that I'm the best thing that's ever happened to ya... lol. I'm joking; you've said more than enough! Hey, I gotta tell you, I love and admire your work and you're quite a bit newer than I am. I'd be lost without YOU! Thanks MOS... you're awesome!

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Gentle Wolf,

      Did you say something about a Kit Kat? lol... That was actually kind of hard for me type because you've made my eyes tear up. Thank you James and yes, I do believe that you and I can relate to each other's trials and tribulations. I'm grateful that I have you hear as it does make a difference on the days that I'm down. You're so right; life is life, the good and the bad and we need to build ourselves up strong enough to appreciate one and withstand the other. I'm working on it. :D

      That was such a beautiful prayer James, I really appreciate it and it means a lot to me. I'll be reciting it for weeks to come!

      Thank you dear friend and I hope things have been a little more sunny your way lately.

      Tons of love and hugs to you!

      Cat

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      Man of Strength 4 years ago from Orlando, Fl

      Hi Cat,

      What more can I say? You have delivered another emotional and visually stunning hub. You are so consistent and so valuable here. We'd be lost without you. Voted all the way up.

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      Cutest Cat and Sweet Kit Kat :)

      Sad but beautiful poetry .I feel your pain and I understand what you are going through right now.It is life, imposed on us,whether it is bad or good,we should accept it and try to find a way out from the uncomfortable zone to the comfortable one.It takes time but it s worth waiting.

      I dedicate to you this small prayer taken from a website:

      May God give you:

      For every storm, a rainbow, For every tear, a smile, For every care, a promise, And a blessing in each trial.

      For every problem life sends, A faithful friend to share, For every sigh, a sweet song, And an answer for each prayer.

      Hang in there.Be strong!Tons of hugs and much love to you.

      James

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Sweet Michael,

      Thank you, that was beautiful! I'd like to think there's enough love in the universe for both of us!

      I'm sure Love is out there

      Though it sometimes hide

      Subconsciously protecting

      That fragile thing inside

      The only chance to find it

      And enjoy what it can bring

      You must quiet your mind

      And open your heart

      To each and everything.

      ... You go first, I'll follow :D

      Thank you Michael!

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      epbooks,

      Thank you so much! Your compliment has definitely boosted my mood! I'm a happy girl, I just have my moments! :D I really appreciate the visit, thank you!

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Wayney! (We used to call my brother that growing up… he doesn’t like it anymore; I can’t imagine why… lol)

      You have no idea how hard it was for me not to use Lynyrd Skynyrd’s song on this hub. I had it in my head through the whole thing, but when I went over and YouTubed it, the moment they sing ‘girl’… it kind of stopped working for me… lol. But that’s definitely an awesome song. Maybe I’ll use it in my Wayney Barrett Tribute Hub… lol.

      I think there are different versions and degrees of freedom because I do believe you’re right. I’m not in any kind of constrictive situation, yet I feel that sense of yearning and desire to spread my wings and fly… to where, for what; I don’t know yet!

      Thanks for the visit Wayne; you always add color to my days!

      Hugs,

      Cat

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      cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Cat .. Beautiful... Awesome Poetry

      I know your sadness

      I feel your pain

      Trying to write it...

      in this small refrain

      Not enough love

      in the universe for me

      to heal your heart

      and set it free ..