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The Angry Mind

Updated on January 4, 2011

Fury devours the light in ones eyes

Causing the iris to recede

In darkness the rage multiplies

Violent trails of destruction it breeds

Unrelenting heartache is caused

To anything blocking its trail

Staying shackled in this prison of mind

A sentence to pain will prevail

Unlocking these shackles that bind

Does not have a magic key

It requires only that one listens

To that which will set one free

Sometimes the key is in forgiveness

Compassion and humility too

Other times it is in the wings of love

That by grace is deep within you


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    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from New Zealand

      Definitely not Spirit Whisperer. Thanks for stopping in and giving suchr valuable feedback

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      Xavier Nathan 

      6 years ago from Isle of Man

      I have heard that holding on to anger and refusing to forgive is like taking poison in order to kill another! Definitely not a win win situation. Thank you.

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      Victor Mavedzenge 

      7 years ago from Oakland, California

      A strong message for us all. I am moved by your last lines "Other times it is in the wings of love | That by grace is deep within you"

      Beautifully done

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from New Zealand

      I am truly humbled by your praise! Thank you!

      I love moonless nights! Summer is ending there and spring is entrancing here. I marvel at natures many moods. Thanks for stopping by.

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      8 years ago have such a visionary style of writing - and I can see that you have such a natural poetic sensibility - and it's an innate gift you have which cannot be taught at school or with discipline and most people would take a lifetime to achieve what comes so natural to you .....

      lake erie time 1:45 am ontario canada no moon tonight just dark skies and nature's message that summer is coming to an end ......

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from New Zealand

      Hello all, Thanks so much for your comments!

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      jami l. pereira 

      8 years ago

      Voted up awesome and beautiful , thanks for the read :)

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      Victor Mavedzenge 

      8 years ago from Oakland, California

      Short and precise,full of truths.

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      Genna East 

      8 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      What unforgiving anger does to us, damages the heart and the soul. Lovely, and very nicely done!

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from New Zealand

      Thank you lawrence

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      Gizmo Prodigy Publishing 

      8 years ago from Shreveport, LA

      This is awesome

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from New Zealand

      Little Kim: It does indeed very good healing. Thanks for stopping by!

      acaetnna: Thank you I am glad you think so! Nice to see you again!

      muvhen: Thank you so much for your kind comments!

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      8 years ago from northants

      wow you such good writer , I like this article very much

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      8 years ago from Guildford

      This is stunningly beautiful. You summed everything up so well at the end, wow I agree forgiveness, compassion, humility and/or love have all the answers. Gorgeous pictures too. Definitely pressing your buttons and voting up.

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      Little Kim 

      8 years ago from Any town U.S.A.

      Very nice. It feels good to write out you sadness and anger and every other emotion. Very healing.

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      8 years ago from New Zealand

      Martie: I think we have all experienced it to a greater or lesser degree. Oh the car keys is my favorite! Be kind to oneself, we can often be mindless when we do something haha. Thanks for stopping by. God Bless.

      Stars: Thank you for stopping by glad you thought it was beautiful. God Bless

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      8 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      beautiful poem. god bless you

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      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      There are two things that infuriate me beyond the point of self-control. 1) When someone accuses me of something I did not do. 2) When someone refuses to consider my idea/vision/opinion as a possible means to a successful end. Oh, and I also become extremely angry while searching for something – my car keys, glasses, purse….

      This poem is a good explanation of anger, and I will keep you ‘keys’ in mind for the rest of this year – forgiveness, compassion, humility (oh, this is going to be difficult to use, but I’ll try), and love (my fellowman as I love myself). God bless pennyofheaven!

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from New Zealand

      Aww sweet sister. You have much strength and courage. Writing is great therapy. Sharing is too. You have shared more than you know. Thank you. Love and blessing my dearest sister.

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      Erin LeFey 

      8 years ago from Maryland

      Sweet sister Penny, I love the images you choose for your writing. What you write makes so much sense, all the time. I have issues with my own anger, I hate to fight and I hate conflict. I'm sure its because I still don't know how to deal with them properly. I shut down and either just turn away unable to deal with it or write until my fingers turn blue. All the words you write make perfect sense, they all ring true, I believe in them, and I have no problem with forgiveness with my friends and family after I've taken hard issues and forgotten about the hurt or written it into oblivion. I've never actually had anyone work through it all with me though. Blessings and Love, your sister Erin

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from New Zealand

      Thank you Kim!

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      Kim Lynn 

      8 years ago

      Nice flow from fury to love. Beautiful!



    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi Kathryn: Thank you. Sounds intriguing that book. Will see if we have it here!

      Mark: Thank you I am glad you think so.

      Dave: I so love that. I don't mind and it don't matter! So true. How lover is that stay mad or get glad. It is so true. What a loving man you are. I could see your wife trying to stay mad and the smile not being able to help itself. Fabulous! Thank you for your wisdom!

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      Dave Mathews 

      8 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Penny a great poem thank you. Brings to mind two phylosophical sayings I have adopted and followed throughout my life.

      "Everything in life is mind over matter, I don't mind and it don't matter."

      When my wife and I have an argument over whatever, in seconds I have forgotten what the argument was about and I'm smiling again. Then I simply turn to my wife and tell her, "Here's your choice, you can either stay mad, or get glad, choose." Usually, she'll grumble a little under her breath, hoping I won't or can't hear her, and then I'll see a smile start to break on her face. You see she knows that it is impossible to feel happy and be angry at the same time, and if I am not going to argue anymore with her, what's the use in staying angry and miserable.

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      8 years ago

      Wow this is really beautiful and so true, love reading your work there is such depth and truth in your words...

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      8 years ago from London

      good writing.I am just reading "Anger" by Carol Tavris.I think it's the best book I've read for a long time.

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from New Zealand

      Kookoo88: Thank you for stopping in. Glad you loved it!

      Carrie450: Thank you carrie!

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      8 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      A great very powerful poem pennyofheaven.

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      8 years ago from Cripple Creek

      Excellent poem. I love that anger and darkness is acknowledged as is the way to overcome it.


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