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Reflection - Original Poem First Published in 2001

Updated on December 30, 2014
I wrote this poem 21 years before this picture was taken.
I wrote this poem 21 years before this picture was taken. | Source
Book in which this poem is published.  Copyright 2001 by the International Library of Poetry.  Library of Congress
Book in which this poem is published. Copyright 2001 by the International Library of Poetry. Library of Congress | Source
Sometime during my intoduction to what could have been my demise!
Sometime during my intoduction to what could have been my demise! | Source

I have since published a book of my original poetry

Another of my published poems

I wrote this poem in 1984. It wasn't really a poem, but my first step at helping myself out of cocaine addiction. It was the 80's and I was earning a living writing TV commercials. They were aired on network TV, and at age 20-something, I was in my glory. Unfortunately, EVERYONE in South Florida was doing coke; my clients, my co-workers, even the network sales reps.

I wrote this poem and hung it below a black and white close-up of my face that my brother had taken while in college. I hung it in the kitchen of the efficiency in which I lived at the time. I no longer (much to my dismay) have that photo, so I've incorporated one taken in July of 2005.

The first step to overcoming any kind of addiction is being willing to see yourself truly. I'm proud to say, I overcame mine without the help of NA or any other organization. I overcame mine by going inside myself and admitting....

I hope this helps someone.......





Sometimes…

You think

That just

Because

You can’t see

Your face…


No one else

Can see

You.






Shauna L Bowling

Refining, Defining or Rhyming

All Rights Reserved


© 2012 Shauna L Bowling

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Sometimes less is more, isn't it Kim? Thanx for the read, my friend!

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      இڿڰۣ-- кιмвєяℓєу 3 years ago from Niagara Region, Canada

      Talk about a punch in the gut! Amazing how you can get a few words to say so much. Incredible. Very powerful, Shauna. Love and hugs, Kim.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm glad you enjoyed this, Iris. Thanx for the votes!

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      Cristen Iris 3 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Wow. I really don't know what to say. That is so profound and concise. Voted up, beautiful, useful, etc.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Peg, it's a trap many creatives fall into, especially if they make good money. I'm glad that phase is behind me, too - except for the money part!

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Quite introspective and astute, Shauna. Sometimes we hide behind our rose colored glasses and never look into the mirror. I'm glad that you put this phase of life behind you. I knew a lot of folks in the music business who imbibed. And in the hair salons, too.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Martie, you're so right. I still battle my addiction to Mr. Nico Tine too, but I'm not trying to quit, so it's really not a battle. I'm so thankful I was able to kick my coke habit. I'd probably be dead if I hadn't.

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      Martie Coetser 3 years ago from South Africa

      I am glad you got yourself out of a devastating addiction, Shauna. Life is just too precious to allow a substance to steal half of it, if not all. Controlling my addiction to Mr. Nico Tine is a constant battle, so I will not fall for another devil.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Rachael, correcting our mistakes and moving forward is the only way to gain the fortitude to follow our dreams and enjoy life.

      Thank you for reading and following. Much appreciated!

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      Rachael O'Halloran 4 years ago from United States

      I like your poem.I praise you for telling your story, for recovering and for being able to pick up and go on the way you have. I'm proud to be your follower.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Wow, Epi! I was just getting ready to run some errands, but after this awesome comment I need to read my poem again to see if I see what you see. Enjoy your day!

      Love from me and the brood.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Hello and good morning Shauna with first cup of coffee and the celtic harp playing - I love the way that you introduce many of your poems with a little story and some insight so that it sets up the poetic words which follow. And what a story this was ..... but you are a survivor and a hero to me for being truthful and honest and taking matters into your own hands - this entire hub presentation read like a movie - with the drama and the emotion intact. Hubbravo from the epi-man and sending to you 3 big hugs from Colin, Tiffy and Gabriel at lake erie time 9:49am and posting your page here to my FB wall.

      Love your website by the way!!

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      Shauna L Bowling 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Thanx, unknown spy. I'm glad you got something from it. That's why I shared.....

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      IAmForbidden 6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      i really really love your poem bravewarrior. It speaks of different meanings for me. congrats! tHUMBS UP!!

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      Shauna L Bowling 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Thank you so much for your warm comments, Faith and Bill! I'm glad we're survivors too, Bill, otherwise we never would have met. I'll get to work on that music hub!

      Have a wonderful day, both of you!

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love minimalist poetry; if the right words are chosen it can say so much in its stark approach. This speaks volumes about the hideous nature of addiction. I'm so glad you and I are survivors, Sha! Hooray for you and hooray for me and now it's time to live life to the fullest.

      Excellent job my friend; now I want that hub on music!

      faithfully,

      bill

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      Faith Reaper 6 years ago from southern USA

      bravewarrior - this is such an honest and refreshing piece. Thanks for sharing this. You are a brave warrior!!! I remember that era of time when cocaine was so rampant. Voted up across the board.In His Love, Faith Reaper

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