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I've Been In Hell, Ever Since

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jwesley
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0 posted 08-02-2017 12:28 PM       View Profile for jwesley   Email jwesley   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for jwesley

I've Been In Hell, Ever Since

The last time I Listened
to God,
I gave a soul
to a small protoplasmic lump
in the womb of a woman.

- - -

Ah-h-h . . .
so this is awareness.
This feeling, this knowing . . .
I am.


Whatever that means.

He asked me to do this
for Him. That it was
important, that this one
was special, it's time
was now. And it was time
for me, too.

I don't remember a lot
aboutthe womb. Mostly
the constant barrage of
weird sounds the body makes;
the never ending drumming
of the heart, doing its thing;
and the constant pressures
and pains the woman
who carried me, caused,
in her act of being.

Until she tried to kill me.

It began as a longer than normal
squeeze from all directions
More pressure exerted,
more of everything,
except for a seeming lack
of concern for how I felt.
And it got worse.
Waves of immense pressure,
staggering pain,
with increasing frequency,
starting at my toes,
rolling down my body,
stretching me,
driving me deeper and deeper
into her lower groin
which seemed to get narrower
and narrower,
until it felt like my head
was being distorted
and crushed.

Until . . . it's a boy!
I heard someone shout.
Intense, blinding light
made me squeeze shut, my eyes . . .
I Screamed, and screamed!

I've been in Hell
ever since.




wesley james beard, jr.
august 2017

© Copyright 2017 Wesley James Beard, Jr. - All Rights Reserved
JerryPat2
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1 posted 08-02-2017 12:43 PM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

Jimmy, a very unique way of describing childbirth. Fantastic! Can't say more.

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

Cerulean
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2 posted 08-02-2017 01:48 PM       View Profile for Cerulean   Email Cerulean   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cerulean

jwesley- it is the best poem (the only one, in fact) on childbirth I've ever seen... not that there are that many such poems out there!  
LeeJ
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3 posted 08-02-2017 02:39 PM       View Profile for LeeJ   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LeeJ

wow, extremely creative, and thought provoking, no wonder the babies always cry...lol....

Very enjoyable read!!!
2islander2
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since 03-12-2008
Posts 6254
by the sea


4 posted 08-02-2017 04:51 PM       View Profile for 2islander2   Email 2islander2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for 2islander2

very original, and painful, hope you will get some good days too, such a poem to read


yann


jwesley
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Spring, Texas


5 posted 08-02-2017 07:11 PM       View Profile for jwesley   Email jwesley   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for jwesley


     JerryP - Thank you my friend, I appreciate that greatly.

Cerulean - Well gee . . . I really appreciate that - thank you for stopping in.

LeeJ - Aw shuckens Lady - that puts roses in my cheeks.  Thank you very much for stopping in and letting me know you did.

2islander2 - Thanks to you too, my friend - always enjoy your visits.

jimmy

Lori Grosser Rhoden
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since 10-10-2009
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6 posted 08-02-2017 09:57 PM       View Profile for Lori Grosser Rhoden   Email Lori Grosser Rhoden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lori Grosser Rhoden

Very well done Jimmy!
That was a unique and captivating ride to the big reveal of truth at the end "I've been in hell, ever since" ~L
BluesSerenade
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since 10-23-2001
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7 posted 08-02-2017 11:04 PM       View Profile for BluesSerenade   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for BluesSerenade

Hmmmmn..so it wasn't worth it?  Tell me what you really think...
jwesley
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8 posted 08-03-2017 10:09 AM       View Profile for jwesley   Email jwesley   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for jwesley

Thanks Lori!!

jwesley
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9 posted 08-03-2017 10:23 AM       View Profile for jwesley   Email jwesley   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for jwesley

Blues . . .

Life for me, from conception to now, 73.5 years later, with all it's ups and downs is a perspective I wouldn't change a thing about.  It's truly a gift, and mine hasn't been seriously defective.  Oh sure, ". . . if I could go back . . . knowing what . . . blah, blah, blah . . . ": but then, anybody can follow a script; where's the mystic in that?

And where are the memories the loves, the heartaches, the pain and the pleasure that made the road such a enigma.

I could go on but basically that's "what I really think."

my heart, my friend, as it's always been . . .


j.
BluesSerenade
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By the Seaside


10 posted 08-03-2017 12:00 PM       View Profile for BluesSerenade   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for BluesSerenade

I just want to hug you.  
Thank you for your reply and for your reply to Lori's poem as well....AND  Thank you for bringing something special to these blue pages.  
Marchmadness
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11 posted 08-05-2017 12:28 AM       View Profile for Marchmadness   Email Marchmadness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marchmadness

Wow! That's pretty powerful, Jimmy.
Poet In Pink
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Very unique write J ~ Made me smile throughout reading Alana
JamesMichael
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13 posted 08-12-2017 10:06 PM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

Nice writing....interesting title...james
 
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