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A Poem About Sadness And Loss: The Girl Who Sits at the Window; She is in Another World

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Jo has been an ITU nurse at the London North West NHS Trust for 14 years. She obtained her RN at University College London Hospital.

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The Girl At The Window

my heart bleeds for the girl who sits at the window
Sadly she reclines gazing into emptiness
Locked in time where there is no pain or sorrow

A rose in early bloom withering too soon
An empty vessel beautiful and broken
My heart bleeds for the girl who sits at the window

As hard as I try, I just cannot ignore
This face of beauty that tragedy besets
Locked in time where there is no pain or sorrow

Her unseeing eyes hold a far away smile
She seems not of this world; she resides in the past
My heart bleeds for the girl who sits at the window

If only once we could exchange a glance
I'd open her heart infuse warmth, and she'll be no more
Locked in time where there is no pain or sorrow

My selfish eyes gaze with love upon the window
Is it kindness or cruelty to bring back reality
My heart bleeds for the girl who sits at the window
Locked in time where there is no pain or sorrow

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copyright. J A Hagues 05 July 2012

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      amazmerizing, thank you so much for taking a look at this, it's truly wonderful to know that my poem touched you. Have a lovely day, best wishes to you.

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      amazmerizing 2 years ago from PACIFIC NORTHWEST, USA

      A hauntingly lovely prose, I faultered back and forth between the watched and the watchee.. very poignant! :)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      tillsontitan, so good to see you! Yes, some wonderful comments, this is why I love this site, there are many special people here, kind and generous. Thank you for taking the time, a real pleasure. Take care and my very best to you.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Romanian, thank you for reading the poem and for your kind comment. Best wishes to you.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Phyllis, I'm so please to know that you were touched by the poem, thank you for taking a look and for the wonderful comment, much appreciated. My best always.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      ps, I guess many of us have either been to that dark place or gazed into the void some time in out lives, some never find the light. Clinical depression can be a pretty terrible condition. Years ago, when I was doing the psychiatric part of my nurse training, there was a women who hadn't spolen a single word for many years. I so wanted to reach her, but never could. Thank you for finding this, appreciate the insightful comment and the share. Take care and my best to you.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Who am I to disagree with all these commenters? They are all right by the way. This is a beautiful poem that brings reflection to the reader.

      Beautifully done.

      Voted up, awesome, and beautiful.

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      Nicu 2 years ago from Oradea, Romania

      That's a good poem, with interesting photos, thanks for sharing it.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hi Jo. Your poem creates some reflection and nostalgia for me. The sense of a quiet time for both the girl and the watcher is filled with thoughts and emotion. It is a beautiful poem.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Jo

      The mystery you created makes this poignant writing even more powerful. I could have been this person forty years ago, locked away by depression, unseeing, unfeeling.

      Sad and frightening....beautifully expressed.

      Angels are on the way ps

      Voted up ++++ g+ tweeted shared

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Kevin, you are a beautiful romantic...bless. :) Thank you so much for feeling her pain. Great sadness, great love, you're right, she knew both. Much appreciated, take care and my best to you.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Shyron, thank you so much for taking a look at this one, I'm glad you were touched by the poem. I guess many of us have gazed into the abyss, but not everyone comes back. Take care, my best always.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      You must have lost a lot of blood while you wrote this Jo...lol This was graceful and it took my breath away as I read it. I felt a sorrow for her, yet I could see happiness inside of her. I voted it up, shared and pinned it.

      Kevin

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Jo, this is so sad, but beautiful and it makes me think of long time passed, looking out the window at the rain, and the pain of hurt and lonelyness. I have been in that place.

      Voted up, AUBI, and shared.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi ubanichijioke, so glad you enjoyed the poem.

      Thank you for the kind comment, it's very much appreciated and my best to you.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 3 years ago from Lagos

      A touching poem filled with much outflow of emotions. Many are in such dire situation, shut out from the world of humans. Some are as a result of cruelty, maltreatment, wickedness of others, poverty and unending human injustice. It is so painful a thing to read of it and I feel for people who are caged in one way or the other cos of the above reasons. Like you, i'd gladly offer a hand of help. I'm really touched!

      Good write for bringing out such emotion (empathy) shows how good it is. voted up.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Jackie, I would love to read your poem about you mom, I'm intrigued. Thank you for finding this, I'm touched by your wonderful comment. Take care and my very best to you.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Can't believe I missed this, but don't see me anywhere. I love it; reminds me of my mom who was this girl to me. You have inspired me with this I think I will try to write of this too. So beautiful, thank you.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Devika, thank you for taking a look at this, glad you enjoyed it and I appreciate the lovely comment.

      My best as always.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A Poem About Sadness And Loss: The Girl Who Sits at the Window; She is in Another World the look in her eyes says so much and definitely gets me thinking. You wrote this poem with great feeling and great work! Voted up ,and useful

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Dream ON, thank you so much for reading this, and for the lovely comment.

      Much appreciated.

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      DREAM ON 3 years ago

      Very compelling thoughts that lead to insight and deep heartache.I enjoyed this very much.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Kim, thank you so much for the wonderful comment and visit, always a pleasure to see you, have a great day.

      My best to you.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Jo,

      Insightful, Beautiful , Sad and so many other evocations of emotions.

      Just all around excellent hub.

      Best Always,

      Kim

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Ahorseback, thank you so much for the visit and especially for this very touching comment, much appreciated. My very best to you.

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      ahorseback 3 years ago

      It takes a heart of true compassion to really feel for another ! And you have it !.......:-}

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Suzettenaples, thank you for this insightful comment, I hope that all those who are finding it hard to face the world will be able to venture outside that windows. Much appreciated, my best to you.

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      Suzette Walker suzettetaos 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Beautiful, sad and poignant all at the same time. This is lovely. The photos are wonderful also. She is frozen in time, but perhaps that is all she can do to cope now. I hope her trance is broken and she ventures outside the window.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Lisawilliamsj, lovely to see you!...thank you so much for checking this out, I'm glad your enjoyed it, much appreciated.

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      Lisa Williams 4 years ago

      This is absolutely beautiful! I especially love the line A rose in early bloom withering to soon. You are very talented, I voted up.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Kidscrafts, I'm so glad you've enjoyed this, you're right of course; pain and sorrow can be very hard to deal with, for some, the future is just to hard to face. Thank you for the insightful comment and my best to you.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      What a lovely poem! I thought about your sentence "Locked in time where there is no pain or sorrows" .... may be the best way to have no pain or sorrows, is for a person to lock himself or herself in a better time. For some people it's the only way to escape pain.

      I love your choice of pictures especially the one with the rose as the colour is so bright compare to the background!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi rajan, a man after my own heart :). Thank you so much for this wonderful comment, I'm thrilled to know that you enjoyed and was touched by this poem, it means a lot. Take care and my best to you.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Jo, this is just magnificent poetry. I especially love the lines

      "My selfish eyes gaze with love upon the window

      Is it kindness or cruelty to bring back reality"

      This is awesome and really hits hard.

      voting this up, beautiful and shared.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Snakeslane, thank you for reading this one, much appreciated.

      My best to you.

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      snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

      Jo, You create an intimate personal moment. I like the accompanying song choices too. Thank you. Regards, snakeslane

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      miscellanea, thank you so much for the visit and comment, much appreciated.

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      Tarik Aarbaoui 4 years ago from Morocco

      What can I say? sooooo deep, and it 's so unique, full of images and subject to many interpretations, but I like the tune!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Butterfly star, thank you so much for the visit and for the lovely comment, much appreciated.

      My best to you.

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      butterflystar 4 years ago from A Place of Success :)

      I loved this ;)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Cracknutcase, thank you so much for the heartfelt comment, I'm not sitting at the window, the dog commands all the best views, thanks again for the visit and comment. Best wishes to you

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      Cracknutcase 4 years ago from India,bangalore

      Your poem is heartbreakingly beautiful. And yes my heart too bleeds for the girl who sits by the window..

      Wishing you an ocean full of happiness so that if you happen to sit by your window, you do so with joy and love.

      Take care :)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Integrity, thank you for the visit and comment.

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      IntegrityYes 4 years ago

      That is a deep poem.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Sue, Thank you very much for stopping by, yes we all handle the pain of loss in our own way.

      All my best to you.

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Tobusiness

      "Is it kindness or cruelty to bring back reality" It is cruel if it forces her into reality before she is ready.

      Voted up and away

      Take care :)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Thank you Unknown, for stopping by to place a comment, always appreciated.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Jo, you painted the meaning of sorrow with words that we can relate. a beautiful write!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

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      Annie

      Many thanks for the visit and comment the support is very much appreciated.

      Best wishes and take care.

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      Murphy 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Sadly there are a lot of guys who are sitting at the same kind of window.

      Well Done 'tb' !!!

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      Annie Fenn 4 years ago from Australia

      I love the way you have structured this poem also. You arouse our compassion with your haunting refrain and the visuals are amazing, we can see and feel this poem and long to reach out and sooth if we can. Amazing poetry, tobusiness, I love it. My votes and best wishes to you and sharing.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Ryem, welcome and thank you for the visit and comment, very much appreciated.

      Best wishes to you

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      Ryem 4 years ago from Maryland

      I love this poem it takes me back to a few memories of my childhood. Sitting in front of the window waiting for a joy that doesn't appear. It is very beautifully written.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

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      You are all so generous with your comment, thank you from my very heart.

      Take care and my best wishes to you.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      tobusiness this was fantastic and consuming... nonetheless I loved it :) Frank

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      sweethearts2 4 years ago from Northwest Indiana

      The image you presented remind me of a favorite movie "Shall We Dance". Our reflections a mystery to others and yet inviting to understand the melancholy. Beautiful,beautiful. Voted up

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      BeyondMax 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Jo, it is such a touching, deep poem. Heart-squeezing, emotional story. Amazing!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Lesley, I'm so glad you liked it, thank you for stopping by, always appreciated. All my best

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Susan, welcome and many thanks for the visit and comment, much appreciated.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Wetnose, many thanks always appreciated.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      CloudExplorer, I know where you're coming from, but joy and sadness are two sides of the same coin, that is life.

      Many thanks for the visit and comment.

      Take care.

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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

      Beautiful poem.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Debbie, many thanks for the visit and comment, the past is a great place to visit but we shouldn't try to live there.

      I hope all is well with you, all my best.

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Women and men both can agree with such sorrow in this world being in existence, I just hope more love can sill over everywhere , because I'm tired of the pain and sorrow everywhere.

      I want happiness to rein over us all, and once and for all, and so I dream of it and pray to god to bless us with such a reality today.

      Awesome touching and heart felt poetry here, you did a lovely job, voted up and getting shared.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I can relate to your poem. It is beautiful!

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      I too can relate to your words...

      Beautiful writing, Your poetry is awesome! voting up

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Jamie, I love your comment, I wish I was on a mountain top drifting with the cloud. Thank you so much.

      Love JO

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

      what an incredible poem, I am in New York with my family and just took a moment to read some hubs and found this poem. I have been following your poetry for awhile, and I feel that this poem displays wisdom and intelligence, as if you have reached the top of a mountain and that you are basking in the sunlight and enjoying the clouds floating by and sharing every breath. Jamie

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Wow this is an awesome deep poem...to escape the pain of the girl living in the past...voted up my friend.....debbie

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Irish, thank you so much, I'm very happy to know you liked this, it means a lot.

      My best to you

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      tobusiness - I found this poem so relateable.

      You write the sorrow with such beauty and meaning. Looking beyond the cover and into the soul.

      I so enjoy your writes.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Voronwe, I've been a bit melancholic lately I guess it shows. Thank you for the astute insight as always.

      All my best to you

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      PHILLYDREAMER, we can be inexplicable drawn to pain, wanting to help can be foolish but the humane thing to do, but you are right it can turn out to be a very bad idea. Many thanks for stopping by, much appreciated.

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      Voronwe 4 years ago

      There's a beautiful eloquence in this poem, Jo. It speaks to me of the golden cage we sometimes lock ourselves into.

      "My selfish eyes gaze with love upon the window..." I don't know, but there's so much I can understand in this line. It makes the poem very real, I think. This is one of your best, dear friend. I'll live here for a while, wallowing in the tender mood of this hub..."Willow waits" is just heart-breaking, soulful lyrics! Best wishes always.

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      Jose Velasquez 4 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      This is really profound. I think we all want to rescue someone in pain, but sometimes its for our own selfish motives, because we too know that pain. While it makes for great poetry it's a bad idea in the practical sense. LOL. I love the way you used the refrain in this piece, it sounded very natural.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Billy, you're so right about reflections, there are times when we just have to face the pain. Many thanks for the visit and comment.

      All my very best to you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I think there is a part of this poem that we can all relate to; I certainly know that I can. The inner reflections are often painful but oh so revealing. Only through awareness can we find any growth. You did a wonderful job in writing this!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Vincent, your thoughtful comment means such a lot to me, thank you so very much always appreciated.

      Have a blessed day and hugs right back

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      Vincent Moore 4 years ago

      Sitting by a window looking through the glass reflecting back at our souls is often healing. I have often pondered my deepest thoughts in front of glass. Even though my reflections show an inside of me that often hurts I am relieved to be there. Dreams of silence in my world haunt me, I find relief letting it out through the looking glass that evaporates once it passes through that window filled with doubts. Be at peace, a window is a good thing and it doesn't judge. Peace and blessings to you my poetic friend, I admire your work, Voted UP awesome and beautiful as always. Hugs

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