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No Harm Done - A poem

Updated on May 25, 2011

No Harm Done


Doorbell rings

Open door

Familiar face

Not seen before

...

“Your name Jim?”

Nod my head

Young man stares

Nothing’s said

...

Clears his throat

Looks around

“Something lost

Something found”

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“Do you know

A Janet Drew?”

Nod again

Indeed I do

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Years ago

A shameful thing

Broke my vows

Removed my ring

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Later with child

“Is he mine?”

“No’, she says

“Not this time.”

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Broken hearts

Many tears

Cruel regrets

Missing years

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Moved away

Began new life

Lost my way

Lost my wife

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Now he stands

Inside my door

Familiar face

Not seen before

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“Mother lied

What’s done is done

I’m here to say

That I’m your son.”

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Handsome lad

A father’s pride

Wave my arm

“Come inside.”

...

Talk awhile

Shed a tear

Father and son

Share a beer

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I wasn’t there

To raise my son

To help him grow

What have I done?

...

Harmless tryst

Harmless flirt

No harm done

No one hurt.

....

The cruelest lie

We’ll ever hear

Is what we whisper

In our own ear

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      WillStarr 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, Nan. In my story, the woman lied, and he believed her. It actually happens quite often, because the mother does not want either her husband or her lover to know the truth. Eventually, it almost always comes out in the end, and that's the tragedy of having an affair.

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      Nan Mynatt 3 years ago

      Will my lst training was one as a Medical Technologist, and we did research on blood types called "Panacells, we could determine the father of a child. People make mistakes, but it can be determined who the father really is! No where to run, no where to hide. Now days it's called DNA. (There is no real mystery). The child is the one that is hurt! Again, you are really gifted.

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      WillStarr 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, Aunt Jimi!

      All our actions have consequences, even if we are unaware.

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      Aunt Jimi 3 years ago from The reddest of the Red states!

      Beautiful poem Will. So well said and so true. Letting a moment of weakness run our lives has it's price.

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      WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, ahorseback,

      Whatever we do in life has an inescapable consequence, good or bad.

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      Hey will , I just read this again , pushed the buttons again and wonder .........of the story between the lines . For so many ! Anyways ,awesome turning of lives !

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thanks for the re-read and the sweet comment!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I read this months ago but read it again today. It was worth a second read. So lovely and poignant!

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you for reading, k2jade31!

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      Kimberly Shelden 5 years ago from Idaho

      Outstanding writing, love it- well done.

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, Wayne!

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      No doubt you have a distinct style here, Will. It so matches the way you write in terms of short stories...the element of surprise and twist is ever present in the work. Excellent....just excellent. WB

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thanks for commenting, LadyFiddler!

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      Joanna Chandler 5 years ago from On planet Earth

      This is Magnificent Will and you tied a whole story into a poem. Wonderful!!!!

      Excellent work, keep it up

      Have a bless week

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thanks, Audrey!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Came back for a second look--this is still as good as it was the first time!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      u are quite welcome

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, PDXKaraokeGuy!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      willstar, I love your trademark!

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      You're quite welcome, Audrey.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      I guess I will get to know that about you then! Thanks so the compliment--mighty gracious of you to do so within your own hub--

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi, AudreyHowitt, and that's high praise indeed, coming from a superb talent like you.

      BTW, unexpected is my trademark.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      I had to scroll down a long way to leave this comment. Your poem was not what I expected when I first started reading it. It took me in an unexpected way and that is a good thing I think--and I loved the truth of it--Loved it--did I say I loved it?

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Try my Christmas Trilogy!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      You quite welcome. Can't wait to read more!

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, PDXKaraokeGuy!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      wow! Another well done piece!

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi, ubanichijioke!

      No, it was strictly fiction. Thank you!

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      Wow! What a great narrative. Glad all ended well with your son. Great piece of poetry

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, Barb!

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      Barbara 5 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Yes WillStarr, but the reunion sounds amazing. Lucky boy. Ditto on all the kudos above.

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, Vladimir. A moment's pleasure can create a life and a lost child.

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      Vladimir Uhri 5 years ago from HubPages, FB

      awesome, good written.

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, Bridget!

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      Bridget30 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Very powerful and flows beautifully! Nice work!

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi, femmeflashpoint,

      How many children, in today's careless ways, will never know their father at all? It's heartbreaking.

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      femmeflashpoint 5 years ago

      Will - still trekking through your work. Each time I open a new one, I'm never disappointed!

      This one is simply and beautifully written, but what lies beneath the words, in the real heart of the subject, is not so simple at all, is it?

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, LABrashear!

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      LABrashear 5 years ago from My Perfect Place, USA

      Beautiful. So much said in such few words. Talent.

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi, Brenda Durham, and thank you for that thoughtful comment.

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      Brenda Durham 5 years ago

      WillStarr,

      Wow. Masterful use of a little language to convey the depth of such an important subject (one that hits close to the heart of myself and many others). Just..wow.

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi, Prisana, and thank you!

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      Prisana Nuechterlein 5 years ago from Thailand and Colorado

      Great poem. A sad reality for many, glad it was fiction for you!

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi Victoria Lynn,

      It's a fictional account loosely based on a collection of old memories, and people who are precious to me.

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      Victoria Lynn 6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Wow! A complicated situation presented in clear, pure languge. I love how your wrote this. I got goosebumps at one point.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi Annette and thank you! There are also a couple of other attempts at poetry here.

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      Annette Donaldson 6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Hi Will, you dark horse why have I never noticed your poetry before? This was a full story in prose. Loved it, well done.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi ruffridyer,

      I would guess quite a few, and I would guess that far more have a dead child in their past.

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      ruffridyer 6 years ago from Dayton, ohio

      It makes me wonder how many men are living their lives never knowing they have a child somewhere.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi justmesuzanne, and thank you!

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      justmesuzanne 6 years ago from Texas

      This is a lovely poem. I like the economy of words, and the message. It evokes a very clear picture of the speaker and the situation. Voted up and awesome! :)

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi acaetnna, and thank you. That's a grand compliment from such a lovely poet.

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      acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

      This is so perfect. I loved the rhythm and your words expressed such emotion. Voting up and pushing those buttons too.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi Ebower, and thank you again!

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      You really know how to convey emotion in poetry! I voted this up and awesome.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi Barb, and thank you!

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      Barbara Bethard 6 years ago from Tucson, Az

      oh so beautiful Will as always...

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, quester.ltd.

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      quester.ltd 6 years ago

      came back to read again those short powerful words

      q

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, jami l. pereira!

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      jami l. pereira 6 years ago

      Beautifully sad , and worth voting for ! i voted up awesome and beautiful ! thanks for the read:)

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you Jennuhlee!

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      Jennuhlee 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      great rhythm, so beautiful.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      No offense taken, and thank you, Mike!

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      Aka Professor M 6 years ago

      My apologies for the small"b" there ! You are BILL will a capital in my book , Sir! And my friends call me Mike ;D

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, Aka Professor M!

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      Aka Professor M 6 years ago

      Poetically short and profound,

      A story told of a love found,

      What should have been so sweet,

      The result of Passion indiscreet!

      +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

      Then years later from the past,

      A young man who learned at last,

      What Mom had said about his dad,

      Wasn't the Truth he wasn't bad!

      ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

      Time was lost it would not return,

      Missing years what each did learn,

      A father and son each never knew,

      The pain and heartache it did do!

      ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

      They shared their stories as friends,

      Hopefully this relationship time mends,

      The prayers of the boy without a Dad'

      And the Love of a Father he never Had!

      +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

      As with Epi's hubs, I reply to the author as each piece hits me. This piece was magnificent and inspired me to poetically paraphrase your genius, my friend!

      Please accept this as my gift to a very talented and gifted individual, You bill!

      Regards Mike! (Aka Professor M!) ;D

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi TCM Specialist,

      Actually, I have a country song posted here...Wanton Woman:

      https://hubpages.com/entertainment/Country-song-ly...

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      TCM Specialist 6 years ago from Glassboro, New Jersey

      Amazing abilities WillStarr...ever consider song writing? I have the connections.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi Lee, and thank you!

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      lee custodio 6 years ago

      add some melody and this would be a beautiful song!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Truth is truth!! :-)

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi Nellieanna, and thank you so much! Coming from you, that's quite a compliment.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Will - my, my, my. This really rings true to life, whosever it may be. Excellent writing about a reality that happens. Your choices of every single word are each so clear and edgy, yet the overall effect somehow encompasses the mistiness of past and softens its edges, bringing into a present moment a beautiful reunion of strangers who just happen to be father and son. I am awed. Voted up and all the rest.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, Rossimobis!

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      Chibuzo Melvin Mobis 6 years ago from Biafra

      Wow! Wow! this is a cool piece that 'lost my life,lost my wife'...inspirational piece.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, vocalcoach. That's high praise!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Tears filled my eyes as my heart opened wide, wanting to protect the Father from such pain. Poetry such as this is so magnificent, so well done, there are no words to do it justice. Will, dear man, you have managed to rise to a whole new level with this one. You are filled with talent and sensitivity. I rise to applaude you! All the buttons have been pushed and voted up! vocalcoach

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, ahorseback, and I agree.

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      ahorseback 6 years ago

      Awesome Will, sad but often true.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi, Twin, and thank you!

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      Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

      Will-This is a beautiful piece of work. The picture that goes with this hub just pulls at the heart strings. I too love how your poetry is short lines and to the point. It makes it jump out at you:)

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, nighthag, for the great comment!

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      K.A.E Grove 6 years ago from Australia

      This was an amazing poem, tight with so much emotion yet so visual, simply a great expression. loved it and voting it up!!

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, Maggie-May!

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      Nadine M AuCoin 6 years ago from the Island of Cape Breton to the Eastern Shores near Halifax, NS

      Devine!!!

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi, Journey, and thank you!

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, Fiddleman. Yes, it does happen.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 6 years ago from USA

      I find this to be an excellent poem. You are talented. Thanks for sharing.

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      Robert Elias Ballard 6 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      Good write Will, I know this actually happened in our community to a fellow. He was so shocked when the son he did not know existed knocked on the door to introduce himself.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, tumblintumblweed!

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      tumblintumblweed 6 years ago

      Excellent hub, Will,and very heart-felt! Kudos, my friend!

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thank you, Granny's House!

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      Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      Will, what can I say. It has all been said in the wonderful comments here on your hub. Fantastic

      I will share this

      It is so beautiful

      peace

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi, kitty,

      No, but who knows what lives are forever altered by a thoughtless and selfish moment?

      Thank you.

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      Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

      WillStarr - Absolutely amazingly beautiful poem! I really felt like this was from your heart...as if you had lived this experience. Voted up and beautiful. Simply breathtaking, yet simple. A work of art.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi, MartieCoetser, and thank you. It's a fictional account of the damage we do when we do not consider the consequences of our actions.

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      Martie Coetser 6 years ago from South Africa

      I admire your ability to tell a story with only a few words. I could clearly feel the emotions of father and son. I’m in awe. It is so-so-so true: “The cruelest lie we’ll ever hear Is what we whisper In our own ear.” This also goes for people who like to be tortured by their own conscience. We do so many wrongs without the intention to hurt others or ourselves. We are reckless and selfish beings and not always able to handle the consequences of our deeds. May father and son now have a wonderful relationship.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hi Dusty!

      You're in my prayers, my friend.

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      50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

      Aye a heartfelt poem with a Willstarr twist as it comes to the final lines. It is amazing how we lie to ourselves trying to right some of our actions, dust