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Shallow are the days

Updated on May 29, 2013

Life is beautiful-if you believe

I will eventually win and get to my place

Shallow are the days that pass through time

What we thought was important is not yours and no longer mine.

Words have torn us apart-some we can not forgive

This is no way to argue and this is no way to live

You must first believe in yourself,

Before you can believe in me.

And when you start to believe,

I hope then you can begin to breathe.

Raise others up, don’t stand back to watch them fall.

Be a little kinder, and make it better for them all.

There is no need to walk in shadows,

Shout out your name.

And when they can’t hear you-shout it out again.

Be confident that you are good enough, just the way you are.

And as the time passes by-teach that confidence to the world.

Shine bright for what is right,

Get to the top the right way.

And when you get to the top,

Others will ensure that is where you shall stay.

The world can be beautiful if you know how to see-

But before you can see anything you must first take time to believe.

I never wanted to be perfect,

I just wanted to be me.

And when I got to my place in this world-

I wanted someone to believe in me.

I thought I showed I loved you,

But now I’m not too sure,

Because if I showed I loved you,

Life wouldn't have been so cruel.

I will always be,

The girl who believed in you.

If we end tomorrow,

Will you fill the empty rooms?

I will eventually win, and get to my place.

And when I get there I will know I got there the right way.

I can’t pretend to be who you need.

I can’t pretend I am anything but who I am meant to be.

Time is of the essence and essence is growing strong

If you can’t learn my name, then find yourself a new song


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    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Lone Star State


      Thank you ma'am for reading and for the encouraging suggestion. I have begun to get some of my poems together so maybe I can someday publish it- but as life never seems fair, hurdled have been introduced and slowed down any advancements I can financially make in the process. So in the mean time- I will continue to add to my collection.

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      8 years ago

      Your words move many and can move more. I really think you should look into putting your poems into book publishing!

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Lone Star State


      Thanks for the comment- I just finished reading some of your work, and I think I have gotten into the groove of your creative Niche and I love it :)

      Thanks for the compliment- it was a great one to hear :)

    • epigramman profile image


      8 years ago

      ....shallow are my days of being a puddle on a dry and hot summer's sidewalk but you are as deep as a poetic well!

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Lone Star State

      CQ, Thank you so much. I am glad that Veronica shared the poem with you, she said that she might-being that she liked it and could relate to it. I am also glad that you enjoyed the read and decided to give a comment to it. I appreciate the feedback and the compliment. Stop by any time :)

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      8 years ago

      WOW!!! My wife Veronica Allen told me about your poem. Once again only one word comes to mind...WOW!!! very Impressive.

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Lone Star State

      agaglia, thank you ma'am for stopping by to read and to comment on this poem- I am glad that you enjoyed it

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Lone Star State

      silentreed, thanks for the comment- I am glad that you agree with the message within this poem :)

    • agaglia profile image


      8 years ago

      I agree, this is sad and beautiful. Thanks for your work.

    • SilentReed profile image


      8 years ago from Philippines

      "I'm not good enough for you" self doubts slowly erode relationships. Your poem speaks of a simple truth. Before we can give love to others, we must learn to love ourselves first.Your writngs make us reflect on this.Thank you.

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Lone Star State

      lorlie, Thank you Miss for taking the time to read and to comment- your opinion means a great deal to me

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Lone Star State


      Thanks so much Ma'am for the great comment. Of course I would not mind if you shared the poem with friends- in fact I am honored that you liked it so much :)

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Lone Star State

      Paradise7, Thanks for taking the time to read and to comment. I am glad that you enjoyed the poem and found it appealing :)

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Lone Star State

      Leni Sands, Thanks for dropping in and commenting.

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Lone Star State

      Cagsil- Thank you kind sir for rushing right over- Sorry I wasnt as prompt to reply to comments. I think that many of us have been to this place, I also believe that writing about it makes it easier to see and find your way back from it. Hopefully I am right :)

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Lone Star State

      Ken, Thanks for the encouragement. As always you taking the time to comment means so much... Glad you enjoyed the poem :)

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Lone Star State

      Thanks Mike for the comment. I am so glad that you enjoyed reading this. I am trying to reach for that light---perhaps that is why I wrote this, to remind myself and the ones close to me, that it is there.

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      Laurel Rogers 

      8 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Stunning, H.C., thanks.

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      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Wow! H.C..... you are truly talented. I think out of all your work, this is my favorite. I hope you don't mind, but I would love to share this with my friends on facebook. This poem really resonates with me and no doubt it will resonate with others. I agree, you can't live your life for someone else and if they are not happy with you, then they need to just move on.

      My favorite part of this poem is "Time is of the essence and essence is growing strong....

      If you can’t learn my name, then find yourself a new song"

      Simply powerful!

    • Paradise7 profile image


      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Mike said it--sad and beautiful! And awesome.

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      Leni Sands 

      8 years ago from UK

      Excellent. Definitely awesome poem.

    • Cagsil profile image


      8 years ago from USA or America

      Hey Holly, I found out that you wrote a new piece and came right over. I found your poem very insightful and awesome to read. However, I can understand that place you talk about, because I've been there before. I am fond of your strength to write about it, which is one of the many reasons I constantly read your writing. Again, I am honored by you sharing your deep feelings and I have faith in you to get to that place you want. Please remember, YOU only need to accept yourself, there is no place for forgiveness of others, just accept them, like you do yourself and you'll find peace you are looking for. It is a shame what some people will do to others and it shows how flawed they are. You do not need to forgive them, but to accept them for their flaws. Great read. Voted Up and marked Awesome! Thank you. :)

    • Ken R. Abell profile image

      Ken R. Abell 

      8 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      Mike's right--sad & beautiful. Thank you for putting feelings into such evocative imagery. Peace & much encouragement to you.

    • Mike Lickteig profile image

      Mike Lickteig 

      8 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      HC, this is sad and beautiful. You are absolutely correct--the world is a beautiful place if we can see ourselves first. Our conception of self truly shades our conception of everything else. If we see ourselves as part of it all, we can enjoy the world around us and the people in our lives. If we see ourselves as separate and set apart, we might know the beauty that is there but allow ourselves to touch it. That is tragic, but it happens to so many.

      As always, you are able to see through the darkness and reach for the light and life the world offers. I admire your strength and determination. This was an exceptionally fine poem. Take care.



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