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Updated on September 2, 2009

I wrote this poem when I first started attending Al-Anon, and I was extremely disappointed in the life I had with my husband. Since I have left him, I am no longer depressed. But I ran across this poem and wanted to share it.

Out in the cold and crying for years....

Crying inside, where no one hears my tears.

I see up from down here to the world that's outside.

I'd much rather live than merely survive.

Would it even matter if I fell apart

To anyone other than those in my heart?

I used to be a butterfly fluttering in the dark

Somehow this world seems flatter.

How do people thrive in a world so hard and cold?

Lonely people drifting, some find little love to hold.

No warmth to breathe in. Hardened heart and muffled soul.

Once you lose that sense of wonder, well, you know you're getting old

...and tattered.

Help me open, Lord, the eyes of this old heart once again

To feel the rush of newfound love come crashing in....

Help me regain that sense of wonder, let a renewed faith begin.

While I remember all I learned from you before to help a friend.

Lord, it matters.


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      Sun-Girl 6 years ago from Nigeria

      Excellent and well written poem which i so much enjoyed reading from.

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      advisor4qb 7 years ago from On New Footing

      Stop by anytime!

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 8 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      A touching poem, thank you!!!! Blessings!!!

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      advisor4qb 8 years ago from On New Footing

      Thanks, Brenda! Love your new avatar, too!

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      \Brenda Scully 8 years ago

      this is indeed wonderful that you were able to put the way you felt into words and keep hold of it.... you lived to tell the tale and seem happy now.... well done you

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      advisor4qb 8 years ago from On New Footing

      Glad you liked it!

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      I enjoyed reading your touching poem. I wish I felt the way I used to feel when an endless future seemed to stretch out before me. Thank you.

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      advisor4qb 8 years ago from On New Footing

      Glad you both liked it!

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      wesleycox 8 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      This is a very lovely poem. I feel saddened right now. Thank you.

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      Paradise7 8 years ago

      Very beautiful poem. It expressed the way I felt, a couple of years ago. Thank you.