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The Year of Treading Lightly: Crying Through a Questionable Year

Updated on April 06, 2012
Courtesy: stmpoems.blogspot.com
Courtesy: stmpoems.blogspot.com

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By God, I cannot sanction the world within

helpless and horrible it writhes

begging for benevolent release.


Cruel with scathing appraisal

untold sorrows and anticipations ache, disharmonious and

leashed in clever attendance

discordant melodies, constant companions.


The solace of my stance

reeks of lies now forgotten

crafted with studious care

becomes me

I am told.

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Courtesy: small--lady deviantart.com/?offset=5

II

My studied presentation

swells, evolving within

ancient borders that crack and peel

requiring studious tending

circular with constant repair.


Refined and tempered by seasons past

polished glass reflecting

rehearsed serenity.


The advancing days cry out for

singular attention

how to address such monumental need?

III

Mirrors shatter, scathing in judgement

content, I laugh at their whispers

and inhale the aromas

arranged as obedient soldiers

and choose to meet time.



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    • Green Lotus profile image

      Hillary 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      This is so moving lorlie. Your poetry is deep and beautiful and you glow from within. Wishing you days of sunshine :)

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      Moulik Mistry 6 years ago from Burdwan, West Bengal, India

      Loved the message here, beautifully written...

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      Cathi Sutton 6 years ago

      Laurel, this is stunning! I am so impressed, my friend! these lines...

      Refined and tempered by seasons past

      polished glass reflecting

      rehearsed serenity.

      ... seemed to just reach out and touch me! Beautiful. What talent you have!

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Wow, thank you all!

      Green Lotus, I have every reason to expect sunshine! You're a doll and an inspiration by the way!!!

      Moulik, you are gracious in your praise and I thank you.

      Cathi, this is my very first attempt at poetry! Really...Talent? From you, my friend, that means so very much.

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      VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Lorlie: I just read your comments, that this is your first attempt at poetry?! Wow. I was moved by your words and photos, its beatiful dance of words and images!

      This stirred my emotions:

      "Refined and tempered by seasons past

      polished glass reflecting

      rehearsed serenity."

      You are talented, so keep writing! You remind me a little of Cris., not sure if you follow him, he does exiquisite Photoshop art and writes beautiful poetry.

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Thank you, VioletSun-I appreciate your words, and yes, this is my first one. I think in poetic terms, but never had the courage to publish.

      I'm off to see Cris. I haven't seen his work.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      Cris A 6 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Glad you stopped by my hubs as it led me to here. This poetry is full of restrained power. Thanks for sharing :D

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      sheila b. 6 years ago

      Very moving.

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      tantrum 6 years ago from Tropic of Capricorn

      Very good, lorlie !! :)

      'discordant melodies, constant companions.'

      makes me think of 'Discordianism' LOL!

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      kowality 6 years ago from Everywhere

      Happy Easter Lorlie..This is incredible. Please publish more of your Poems.

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Thanks Cris, for coming here-I admire your work so!

      sheila b., thanks for your comment, much appreciated.

      tantrum-you're such a kick, girl!

      kowality, I'll work on some more, and thanks for stopping by!

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      rmcrayne 6 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      Wow Lorlie. I'm impressed! I can't begin to imagine writing something so profound.

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Thank you, rmcrayne-I never thought I could do it either!

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      Faye Constantino 6 years ago from Florida

      Lorlie, this is so moving! It touches me on so many levels. I tread lightly in so many places of my life, like walking on egg shells. I am learning to change, but it's not here yet. I think it's "money" if you have none you are constantly trying to stay back, because you feel helpless to do anything... I love this poem.

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Wow, Faybe! What an awesome comment. It's amazing, isn't it, how we must be-oh, so-careful of others at times, and end up forgetting ourselves.

      I am so very glad you stopped by.

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      Dialogue 6 years ago

      I'm impressed. A moving and poignant piece of work. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Thanks, Dialogue, my pleasure!

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      samboiam 6 years ago from Texas

      lorlie6, this is fantastic. Very moving. I have linked it to my latest poem "Why Do You Judge Me?" I hope that is okay.

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      WOW, Sam, I am honored. This is my first link-that I know of-so thank you. I just saw "Why Do You Judge Me?" in my email, so I'll see you soon-must read!

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      Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

      You are a natural! Poetry flows from your spirit and quill in gentle and soothing verses. I truly loved it!

      Thumbs up!

      Warmest regards and infinite eternal blessings,

      Al

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      You're too kind, Mystique! Thank you for the thumbs up, and for the lovely words of encouragement.

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      George J Hardy 6 years ago from Southern New Jersey

      I am impressed with this poetry as it shows us a person who knows themselves well.

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      George-thank you for your kind words. I hope I know myself well-I know I try!

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      I found these poems very moving, very deep in feeling. Yo certainly have a waywith words!

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Thanks, Tony, that means a lot coming from you!

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      Very moving poetry. I am impressed with the depth of feeling it evokes within. Thank you

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      Justine76 6 years ago

      "The solace of my stance

      reeks of lies now forgotten

      crafted with studious care"

      ouch, damn that light treading... this was really really awesome!! Don't be shy, keep it up!!

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Pamela-I appreciate you stopping by!

      Justine-I know, heavy, huh? :)

      Sometimes my head is in that place!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Very moving, with great word choice. Good job!

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Thanks, Holle-I'm glad that you came by!

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      simple but understanding. I like something to the point. And I found it trough your hub. good work, lorlie6

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      ralwus 6 years ago

      Now that is most excellent prose Laurel. You must do more, it becomes you very well. I loved the metaphors

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      Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Beautiful, Laurel! As truly wonderful poetry can do - this felt personal, as if it came from inside of myself, only I could never fashion the feelings with such grace and creativity. Your poetry rocks!

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      prasetio-thank you very much for reading.

      ralwus-you are too kind, dear sir!

      Dolores-I'm extremely happy that this touched you, I'll keep trying, then!

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      Sage Williams 6 years ago

      The words you have chosen ring so clearly of precision beauty and melodic rhythm. What a truly amazing way you have with words.

      Sensational! Rated up!

      Sage

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Thanks, Sage-I really appreciate your words.

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      This is lovely and deep Lorlie.

      I enjoyed it.

      Best Wishes. :)

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Thank you, Lady_E. You're a dear hubber to me.

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      lovely, beautiful and crying out for love and care which shines in you, Maita

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Thanks, PDH, for such lovely words.

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      Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Such a pleasure to dicover you as a poet as well. You are great, so keep on writing. Poetry is all around us and you can see it better than most because you have the natural gift of recognizing beauty and sharing emotions

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Thank you so much, Petra. I am pleased that you stopped by to comment!

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      Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

      very well done, and excellent, of course rated up and stumbled so there you go.

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Thank you, Rebecca. I really appreciate it!

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      Alice Lee Martin 6 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      Keep writing poetry dear one!!! This is AMAZING! Such depth and emotion! Excellent!

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Thank you, Aley-I really appreciate your encouragement!

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      Wow! This is great! "and choose to meet time" Thank you for the deep thoughts and fine poetry.

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Thanks so much, James!

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      cosette 6 years ago

      i second all the "wows". i am not sure i fully grasp the entire message, but it is beautifully written. (and i love that violet eye). rating UP...

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Well, cosette, it's going to be one hell of a year, and I'm pretty hard on myself wondering if I can get through it all with any 'style' whatsoever. Or dignity.

      Thanks for coming by.

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      This is very passionate. And I see "style and dignity". Thank you Ma'am!

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Micky-thank you for riding through!

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      Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

      lorlie6, you have a gift. This was an awesome piece of work right from the heart. Thank you for sharing it with us!

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Duchess, thanks for your encouragement. It comes from a writer I admire without doubt!

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      kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

      *snap, snap, snap...*

      Deep, very deep. I like it very much. I'm a little lost for words right now so... good job. :)

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Wow, thanks kaltopsyd. I really appreciate your stopping by!

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      with your hub writing I do not tread lightly - I dive right in there and swim around with contentment and assurance!

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Why thanks, epigramman. I really have been treading lightly this year, crazy doin's round here!

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      pinkylee 6 years ago

      I absolutely loved this poem Lorlie. You are such a beautiful person inside and out.

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Thanks so much pinkylee! I appreciate your recommendation, girl.

      Take care, now.

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      R. J. Lefebvre 6 years ago

      Lorie,

      A tantalizing poem, but I have to study it for a while to feel like I read your intent. My favorit poet is Emily Dickinson. I haven't found any other poet to match her wit; please don't quit, you do have merrit.

      Ronnie

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Thanks for the visit, Ronnie-I wrote my 'intent' up in the comment box in answer to cosette, if you want to see it. This year is just so incredibly hard!

      I thank you for coming by.

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      Iggy Sarducci 6 years ago from Wherever I am now

      You have a lot of accolades here, amiga.

      For me, on first reading, I liked the last verse best as I'm very sensory-oriented and it has nice visual and sensory cues. Up until that point I was trying to understand what exactly set off this seeming self-criticism, harshness, or intense restraint.

      I felt sad about you being so hard on yourself and self-imprisoning. (Which, I guess was the point of the poem!)

      But honestly, I started to understand this the third time I read it through. ;) Before that I was wondering: benevolent release of what? What is the monumental need not being satisfied? Why this treading lightly? Mostly it made me curious to understand what you are holding back. Or why. Having read your "Locomotive Lullaby" piece about your upbringing helped me understand more.

      It makes me feel, which is good. I wish I understood more though. :)

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Why thank you amigo! Too vague though, I guess, I'm not really sure how to get across some of these feelings. Self-imprisonment is part of what I was trying to get at, but really more to the point is my facade I present to the world-it's exhausting!

      This year has been full of anticipation of both good and horrid, and I was trying to convey that I chose to go ahead with the facade-if that makes any sense!

      I get very tired being the 'reliable one' in the family, and tried to put that across. You know, being strong and dependable...yech. Just once I'd like to fall fucking apart!

      Thank you, Iggy, for your critique-really!

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      Iggy Sarducci 6 years ago from Wherever I am now

      Yes, I did get about the facade you were putting forth. I didn't get that you chose to go ahead with it, so much as it seemed to take possession of you.

      LOL, I love that line, "Just once I'd like to fall fucking apart!" Sounds like you did that in the past, in a sense, by not becoming what the fam expected. In a way, I thought, good for you. Even though the means you used then were certainly not good for you.

      Well, I just hope you get to fall apart. And get to feel around for the pieces on the ground, and slowly and instinctively reconstruct yourself in the form that feels truest to you.

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Oh, in the last line, where I say 'and choose to meet time' is where I decide to say 'fuck it!' and just keep going with the old routine. The old reliable self continues to please others...

      And, my new friend, I have fallen apart more than once in my life-everyone's got a story to tell, right?

      Thanks again for your words, Iggy!

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      Iggy Sarducci 6 years ago from Wherever I am now

      Oh! Sorry, I didn't catch that.

      Falling apart is a great topic for writing. I just fell apart in big ways this weekend, myself.

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      If you want, send me an email-I'll try to be a good listener! Or reader, if you will.

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      sofs 6 years ago

      Wow, was that the cry of the soul trapped inside, crying out for release... the pain .. of being a prisoner in your domain .. wow powerful...

      Refined and tempered by seasons past

      polished glass reflecting

      rehearsed serenity.

      the diction, the style is amazing, wow again.. I had to read it a couple of times to get what you are after.

      Awesome.. God bless!

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Thanks for reading, sofs. This is my one attempt at poetry, and I'm not so sure it's for me, though I think I did convey my confusion!

      I really appreciate the visit.

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      ahorseback 6 years ago

      Laurel , Isn't there a flower named Mountain Laurel, if so then you're it ! I am impressed by your writing , always. I wish for you, moments , hours of serenity , and never any of it rehearsed. OX

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Blushing this early in the morning's got to be bad for me, but thank you!

      You're a doll.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      Beautiful poem. Nice to meet you

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      Laurel Rogers 4 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Why thank you, tt! How fun it is to read that word, 'beautiful'. I really appreciate your comment and will come check out your hubs asap!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Wow, what masked pain. Beautifully written. Amazing work. I look forward to more. Many votes!

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      Laurel Rogers 4 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Thank you so very much, Victoria Lynn! I rarely write poetry and had to go through my mental files to recall this hub.

      I truly appreciate your insight to see the pain I was going through.

      Laurel

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