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Whisk Me Away

Updated on July 17, 2014

Whisk me away somewhere far from here

A place where no one else is near

With the freedom to be lost in thoughts all my own

They could surely make a heart feel at home

And maybe they too will be free to roam

Perhaps to be shared with only one other soul

Once I was afraid to voice my thoughts

For I always did think outside of the box

Or in it- I can think inside it too

Well, it isn't always something I can do

Like trying to do a geometry proof

Something I for the life of me cannot do

Though the concept may make perfect sense

And I understand the proof step by step in print

Still, on my own, I will struggle just to get it right

Even if my answer is correct in the end, I still will have missed steps in my mind

I guess that I just see the world through different eyes

It often does me well whenever I read or write

Yet it extends as well to other parts of life

And I have since come to realize

That my hunger to 'see' it all

Might very well keep on being my downfall

Because others often see it very differently

And I, I simply cannot explain

Strip away all common thought

Yet that's not to say I don't accept what I ought

Still, there is an urge to explore

To share just to see if there is anymore

Instead I come across as too intense

Or I seem to somehow cause offense

You say too much, you think too much

They say - but I guess that even our perceptions judge

It may seem to some that I over analyze

But something else I've come to realize

I really do not want to ever be boxed

Despite the fact that some may be flummoxed

Upset, angry, or even just annoyed

Perhaps my mind is a challenge even for Freud

The truth is that I just don't care!

Even though I might be better off alone somewhere


© 2014 Shannon

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A free spirit you are...never be boxed in...fly free!

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Thank you, billybuc. I intend to. :)

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      A freeing piece of work. Fun as I read this -- my son just broke free from doing his numbers worksheet -- now he is happy running free with make believe.

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Thanks, Eric. There is something freeing in being able to voice a thought or feeling. I would love to be a totally free spirit, but alas, I am not. Maybe no one really ever is. There are always so many other factors involved. But - to be a kid again. . .I hated being told what to do and when to do it. It wasn't so much being told what to do, but the when to do it. LOL I am still like that. I'll get to it on my own time. hehe. Kids are happy just to be running and playing much of the time, I think.

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      Karen Silverman 2 years ago

      Here's what i say - F*** GEOMETRY!

      Please Shan - don't ever lose your dreams! Don't let anyone tell you what box you should or should not be thinking in or out of!

      You are YOU and you are very very special - period.

      Now, all you gotta do is realize it my dear friendxx

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Bahahaha, you just summed up how I have always felt about geometry! Or, for that matter, math in general. Would you believe that in college I had my choice of regular statistics or social science statistics? Well, majoring in psychology, I thought it would be easier to do it from a social science perspective. Boy was I ever wrong! Same old thing. I get the concept and it makes logical sense once presented to me - BUT I just don't think that way and I can't apply it that way.

      Actually, Leslie, I don't think I can be boxed. Some have tried. Haha. Others sort of do it unintentionally. But, the fact is that I am who I am and I like the way that I think. Perhaps I just need to reign in my thoughts more often, though I think it's mostly just a potential issue when I get too close to someone else. Not that that even makes any sense. :p

      But, I do realize my own self worth even if it is only to myself. However, you are very sweet to think so, too. I appreciate your encouragement and support!

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      Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

      I really do not want to ever be boxed

      Despite the fact that some may be flummoxed

      Upset, angry, or even just annoyed

      Perhaps my mind is a challenge even for Freud

      The truth is that I just don't care!

      Even though I might be better off alone somewhere

      Great poetry here shanmarie and thank you as always for sharing. Here's wishing you a wonderful day.

      Eddy.

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Hi Eddy. So good to see you again. Thank you for your kind words that are very much appreciated.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I can't stop grinning. Your poetry is such a delight to read. I share your anxiety about math of any kind. When i went to take my state boards for nursing and a math problem came up my stomach ached. I remember one question, if you hung an IV at 8 am that had 1000ml in it and you were giving 75 cc's an hour, how much would you have left at 1: 30 pm? I almost vomited. Hee...

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Ruby, my friend, you just made my entire day! I am so glad to make someone smile. And it makes me glad you find delight in something I write. That's what I love about poetry and music lyrics. . .the way they can illicit emotions. One does not even have to feel the emotions directly to understand them or sometimes to even experience them vicariously, if that makes sense.

      Anyway, thank you so much for your kind words, but I won't even bother trying to solve that problem. ;) If you read my comment to Leslie, you know it is a hopeless task anyway. Hahaha. And I am someone always full of hope. Speaking of which, all I had was a hope and a prayer I'd even pass that class! hehehe

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      Sheila Brown 2 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      What a wonderful poem! Don't ever feel guilty about being yourself. You are a free spirit, use it with confidence and kindness and all will love you for who you are. :)

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Such a sweet thing to say! Thank you, sgbrown.

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      Nellieanna Hay 2 years ago from TEXAS

      Being oneself is wonderful. Knowing oneself is wonderful.

      As for others, allowing it to be discovered is also wonderful, and being patient meantime. If it's not being discovered as you, (of course) best understand it, being OK with that is wonderful. Just BE and really enjoy it. Others are often preoccupied with their own being and are a bit less dedicated to all else. It's releasing to realize that. ;-)

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      Nellieanna Hay 2 years ago from TEXAS

      Flummoxed? wow! A great word.

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      All of that is wonderful, yes. One must know oneself and tend to ones own being in order to be of any sort of benefit to others, in most cases. But, I would not call it releasing to realize everyone is mostly preoccupied with themselves, though I think even children come to that conclusion early on in life. Actually, I think it is a bit sad. Or, maybe it's just that so much of who I am is a desire to give to others somehow. Things seem so mechanical to me anymore. More communication done online than in person and here it is for all the world to see. Not much exchanged between people solely for those only to share anymore. Seems to me to be almost more of a means to staying too wrapped up in oneself. While that is not necessarily a bad thing, so much of living and being does involve interactions with others. I am an introvert and I could easily stay wrapped up in myself and in being alone. That song even, I LOVED it when I was younger especially - the idea of being out in the open. It is freeing to me in the same way I love hills and ranches and no neighbors for miles around. Yet, there's something beautiful in allowing others in. I don't go out of my way to make friends, but I do truly love people, love in them as individuals and as unique, quirky beings all different from one another. So much of that would be lost if I stay focused on myself and only on I want to be doing. And that is definitely easier to do than reaching out. It's easier for most, I think. Everyone is busy with their own problems and priorities. It's easy to think of someone, but not to tell that person so. Easier to miss someone and think to myself 'I should call her soon' and then get too deeply involved in my own things again. The thing is, though, life is so short and it can end in an instant. There may never be another chance to let someone know that I care, to hear the voice of a beloved friend or family member again, or to give a hug, a realy hug in person. Other times, just putting my own problems aside and loving someone and listening as that person shares thoughts and concerns with me or even laughs and jokes with me seem to make the difference. I gain from that, too. It's not always easy, but there's beauty in it. I saw a FB post the other day that said "I didn't need you to fix me, I needed you to love me while I fixed myself" and I see the truth in that statement. The hard part, though, is really knowing the details of what someone is going through and knowing I can't fix it but still letting someone express thoughts and feelings to me so that they feel less alone while fixing themselves. It's even harder for me to express those things to someone else because people are more dedicated to themselves. But, to me, there is magic even in that. I enjoy learning about other people. I even enjoy hearing seemingly mundane things about a person's day or what's on someone's mind. These things are part of another. They matter, too. There's something amazing about knowing a person for more than just the laughter and smiles, for the other not so positive things and still seeing the amazing beauty in that person and hoping it goes vice versa. Even if it doesn't, there are so many amazing facets of human personality, thoughts, and emotions - it fascinates me. But often, especially online, everything is so carefully thought out and only bits and pieces shared. Not that everyone shares everything about themselves with anyone, but when one is either concerned with maintaining an image or with not wanting the world to read certain personal things, things get lost. It happens offline, too, because it takes a more time, energy, and trust to let someone see more than the surface and positive things. The not so positive side eventually shows itself when one really knows the other person instead of just about that person. Knowing and accepting facts is easier sometimes than knowing and accepting the person as a whole and seeing the beauty. In fact, I think it is downright rare for people to connect that way. Perhaps because of the dedication to our own selves. All things worth having (or knowing, as the case may be), though, take time and effort. So, it is a beautiful thing to me when someone willingly finds interest in me and enjoys the time spent. I keep only a few people close, but that is never meant to feel like a burden. I would hope it would be seen as more of a gift than a weight of responsibility. I see it that way when friends trust me that way. Plus, I rarely feel anger and when I do, it's gone as quick as it comes, but much else I tend to feel deeply. Like a switch, I can turn that off and on, yet it also feels like turning off part of myself so I don't. Better for me to go through the various emotions than to feel static and not really alive. Maybe others see this as a positive about me, maybe not. It doesn't really matter. Truth is, I think it benefits me (and hopefully others) more than it hinders me.

      Well, look at that. I just said on the other comment you left that I've been leaving short comments lately. This one certainly isn't. Haha. And, on top of that, there's a bug in this computer that is irritating me to know end. I was trying to space that into paragraphs to make it easier to read, but it keeps doing weird things and making work difficult. To think, I have to write some articles today, too. GRRR. Oh well. Guess I'll put up with it or figure out how to get rid of it once and for all.

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Why, Nellieanna, you seem a bit flummoxed that I know and/or would use the word 'flummoxed.' ;) Hahaha Beliwildered, confused. . .by actions, behaviors, interpretations, or the thoughts and conclusions. . . it fits. LOL

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      *bewildered. hahahaha I'm laughing so hard I am about to cry now.

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      Nellieanna Hay 2 years ago from TEXAS

      I see.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Like your message in this piece, I cannot be kept in a cage. I will have to break free! So, whisk me away!

      Good read!

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Thanks, CrisSp!

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      shanmarie,

      WOW! I love this poem here, there and everywhere. V+ for sure!

      Kim

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Hehehe. Thanks, Kim! So glad you enjoyed it :-)

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Great poetry and really enjoying the cowboy song! ^+

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Thanks, Jackie. I love that song. I relate to it in many ways. LOL

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

      I enjoyed the poem, we can only be who we are, when we try too hard to confirm to what is perceived as the 'norm' we do ourselves an injustice. Be the best version of yourself that you can be, be true to yourself. Your beauty and uniqueness shines in your poem, never lose it.

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      How sweet of you to say, tobusiness. Thank you.

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      Suzette Walker suzettetaos 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      Beautiful poem and statement of freedom. It is difficult to be our true selves in the world today. Keep thinking outside the box. Even Freud and psychoanalysis can be conforming. Well said!

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      Kristen Burns-Darling 2 years ago from Orange County, California

      Beautiful expression of all those things that make up the thinkers who think outside of the box. We are kindred spirits...

      Kristen

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Thank you, Suzette. Glad you enjoyed it!

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Hi Kristen! Thank you so much for stopping by. I think perhaps we are kindred spirits with many and don't even realize it. Think of how much we have in common with friends and even strangers.

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