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Running From the Pain

Updated on April 8, 2014

Every town she stumbled in

They all seemed so shabby

She always looked for the bright lights

For the nightlife

Always wanted the laughs

And shied away from the tears

Leaving behind some guy

Like a stupefied clown

She moved onto the next town

From the bright lights of Las Vegas

To the beaches of Malibu

It always bothered her

That when she moved on

There was always someone left behind

Someone who’d swear he loved her

There had only been one man

One man and a diamond ring

But she’d been too restless

To think of settling down

So instead she left behind

A guy hurt and bewildered

As she went off the find the bright lights

Anywhere and anytime she just kept on moving

Her life and turned into a circus ring

And sometimes she wondered

Why she bothered to go on

She’d only flirt in her own style

And when the guy

Swore he adored her

The party was over

Too close for her

And off she went

Along the highways and byways

To find more fun

But the years were rolling on

Time never stood still

And when she rolled into L.A.

She met the man who kept her running

The one who had called himself daddy

And left her behind so many years ago

She still remembered the day

When she was but three

The man who had stolen her heart

Walked out the door

He never came back for more

The mom and her boyfriends

Coming in and out the door

While a little girl

Wanted only her daddy back

That was what kept her on the move

She no longer believed in love

Now face to face they stood

The young woman and the man

That she resembled so

That was when the flood gates opened

And two hearts found the room

For forgiveness

When the morning light rose

She knew that her flight was over

Now it was time

To retrace her steps

Time to tell the truth

Time to go back

She left him behind

With promises to connect

Then headed for the Greyhound bus

To take her home and to find her love

In the golden afternoon sun

She stepped from the bus

Her dad had already made the call

And he was there waiting

Waiting with open arms

This rolling stone had come home

© 2014 Gypsy Rose Lee


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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I think we've all run from the pain a time or two, haven't we? I love a happy ending.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I love the way you tell a story in rhyme. This is beautiful. Her running days are over.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      OH my stars... dear friend .. Bravo to you.. I think this is the best I have seen in a long time.. your writing has grown and bloomed and I love it...You soul wrote this all the way from your heart my friend,..



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      Audrey Selig 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi What a great rhyming effort and wonderful story with a happy ending. You made yourself proud by your talent in this hub by a story filled with emotion and easy to understand. I must read more hubs by you, as they motivate me. Pinning. Blessings. Audrey

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      Cherylann Mollan 3 years ago from India

      You've drawn out a personality really well here. I've met people like this. They're actions were so confusing, annoying and frustrating. It never really struck me that they too might've been running from something. Some real food for thought here. Voted up!

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina


      Such an interesting read providing the reader with emotional connection.

      Nicely done.


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      Lori Colbo 3 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      This is beautifully written and so poignant. I felt this woman's pain. This is a keeper. Nice work Gypsy.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      It can be so much easier to run away from what causes us pain, but somehow it still follows us deep down. I love the happy ending.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

      You're right Bill when the going gets tough we get out. Happy endings are the best but sometimes they don't happen that way.

      Glad you enjoyed this Ruby.

      Glad you enjoyed this Debbie. Hugs.

      Glad you enjoyed this and thanks for the share Audrey. Blessings.

      A great many people are running from something Cherylann. Thanks for the vote.

      Glad you enjoyed this Kim.

      Glad you enjoyed this lambservant.

      Happy endings are always the best Blossom.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 3 years ago from Lagos

      wow! incredible story.

      From sad to lovely and sweet cos i love happy endings.

      Glad she found what she so much craved for - her Dad.

      Well done!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Glad you enjoyed this ubanichijioke. Happy endings are the very best.

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