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I Ride the Dark Horse

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Lori Grosser Rhoden
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My dreams were never big,
my goals not lofty.
I never had aspirations
beyond home and hearth.
Even so,
I did not strive to be
a soccer mom
nor push my children
to be outstanding.
Above all things,
I wanted to be ordinary.
Just plain normal
would have been
good enough for me.
I married young and dumb
to my troubled high school sweetheart.
I learned love
can be complicated.
The early years
I learned about babies
and doing without.
I learned to be afraid,
make excuses and keep secrets.
I learned about drugs and alcohol
and that a spouse can rape.
I learned how to carry
guilt and shame.
After twenty years,
I finally learned
to walk away.
But what I still have yet to learn
is how to let go
of all the garbage
I picked up along the way.
The garbage that tells me
Iím not good enough,
Itís all my fault,
Iím defective.
Even though
Iím older and wiser now,
those early learned lessons
still haunt me.
They color my thinking
before I even realize
Iíve had the thought.
It is like I have a tic,
but more like a twinge,
that you just naturally
learn to ignore.
Some things can only
be ignored so long
and thatís when
the depression sets in
and starts laying waste
to my life.
Days slept away,
chores left undone
and indifference
is as good as the mood
is going to get.
So I just breathe
and ride the dark horse
to the other side
of the valley.
The sun is usually shining there
and God gives me a sunrise
that reminds me of what joy feels like.
In that brief time
before the pink skies
turn to golden light
I find tranquility.


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Bluesy Socrateaser
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since 11-07-2002
Posts 713
In The Mirror


1 posted 06-13-2017 12:43 PM       View Profile for Bluesy Socrateaser   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bluesy Socrateaser

This poetry of yours Lori Rhoden speaks volumes on the  subject of a woman's strength, not her weaknesses. "Normal" is an ambiguous 'setting' for one and all and it's only through your modesty and humility that you might define yourself as 'ordinary'.

The "Dark horse" has taken you through the maze of your life's experiences into the twilight of your dreams where "the sun is usually shining and God gives you a sunrise
that will remind you of what joy feels like".

Everyone has a story, but few can tell of it as you have. Pardon the liberties I took to reflect your words to you.


BTS

...just bein' Bluesy

JerryPat2
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since 02-06-2011
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South Louisiana


2 posted 06-13-2017 03:36 PM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

Life is a bi**h . . . AND . . . El Supremo, my friend.

~ If they give you ruled paper, write sideways. ~

2islander2
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since 03-12-2008
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by the sea


3 posted 06-13-2017 05:56 PM       View Profile for 2islander2   Email 2islander2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for 2islander2

Life is a lot of pains, indeed, we try or we learn some stuff, and when we understand some thing it is too late, so as you do, let's fond some peace just for a moment in a day, thanks for the excellent poem
Lori Grosser Rhoden
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4 posted 06-13-2017 06:19 PM       View Profile for Lori Grosser Rhoden   Email Lori Grosser Rhoden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lori Grosser Rhoden

Blusey,
Thank you so much for all your kind words! You can take those kind of liberty's any time. ~L
Lori Grosser Rhoden
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5 posted 06-13-2017 06:25 PM       View Profile for Lori Grosser Rhoden   Email Lori Grosser Rhoden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lori Grosser Rhoden

Hey Jerry! You're alive! Some of us feared the worst. Hugs! ~L
Lori Grosser Rhoden
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6 posted 06-13-2017 06:29 PM       View Profile for Lori Grosser Rhoden   Email Lori Grosser Rhoden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lori Grosser Rhoden

Yann,
So glad you liked my poem. Thanks for taking the time to let me know. ~L
miscellanea
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OH


7 posted 06-13-2017 09:43 PM       View Profile for miscellanea   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for miscellanea

Lori,

"They color my thinking before I realize I had the thought" Wow.  Haven't we all experienced that in some way or other?

"It's like I have a tick, more like a twinge that you just naturally learn to ignore"

I enjoy how you write away on the dark horse.
Hopefully, the ticks and twinges will lessen with time.

                 ~miscellanea

Lori Grosser Rhoden
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8 posted 06-13-2017 10:10 PM       View Profile for Lori Grosser Rhoden   Email Lori Grosser Rhoden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lori Grosser Rhoden

miscellanea,
Hey thanks for giving me a read. Good to see you. The dark horse and I have been together a long time. It always gets better. ~L
Poet In Pink
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9 posted 06-13-2017 11:06 PM       View Profile for Poet In Pink   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet In Pink

Hello Lori You've really penned heart and soul into this piece ~ A wonderful read and inspiration ~ Thank you for sharing ~ Enjoyed so much! Alana
Lori Grosser Rhoden
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10 posted 06-14-2017 06:18 AM       View Profile for Lori Grosser Rhoden   Email Lori Grosser Rhoden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lori Grosser Rhoden

Hey your Pinkness,
An inspiration? Well I don't know about all that, but I am glad you liked my poem. ~L
EvaRoss
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11 posted 06-14-2017 10:40 AM       View Profile for EvaRoss   Edit/Delete Message     View IP for EvaRoss

This is great, lands like a thud, and comes across as very real, a hard pill to swallow but mostly
and also triumphant
Lori Grosser Rhoden
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12 posted 06-14-2017 12:47 PM       View Profile for Lori Grosser Rhoden   Email Lori Grosser Rhoden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lori Grosser Rhoden

Eva Ross, Pleased to meet you and welcome to the Blue Buffett. I hope you like it here. Thank you for taking the time to read my poem and comment. I appreciate your opinion.
~L
JamesMichael
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Kapolei, Hawaii, USA


13 posted 06-15-2017 05:32 PM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

I like the last line "I find tranquility"... and may you know peace...james
Lori Grosser Rhoden
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14 posted 06-15-2017 05:52 PM       View Profile for Lori Grosser Rhoden   Email Lori Grosser Rhoden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lori Grosser Rhoden

James, I think, for me, sunrises are my "rainbows". They are a Godly thing to me that does give me peace as it renews my faith. ~L
 
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