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JerryPat2
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0 posted 09-27-2017 04:35 PM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

there were many ways
I could travel
that day I left home, rage in my heart
I could have lived
with all the lies except the one
I found out later
the biggest one
was the one I had been told
by a little boy
who asked if I was kidnapped
it all boiled over
that night when I was sixteen
Iíd lived with whispers
this little boy didnít whisper
he spoke loud and clear
he didnít know any better
but the others did
others knew better though
small southern towns
can be downright cruel with
their damn gossip
I could no longer remain there
under that roof of lies
and the town
of cruelty
so I fled in the middle of the night
going where
wherever the road took me
the road took me many places
I was ready for it all
donít ya know
first place it took me
was four and a half years
in prison
best thing ever happened to me
learned a trade in there
linotype operator
setting type wherever I roamed
pretty good money
for a guy like me
I went back to that lying house
and that cruel little town
just to look certain people
in their lying eyes
my Uncle Louie for one
Iíll stop now and tell you
my mothers name
found it all my myself
but Iíll never tell you how
my motherís name is . . .

Mary Turnage

©September 26, 2017 / Jerry Pat Bolton

[This message has been edited by JerryPat2 (09-28-2017 10:27 PM).]

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BluesSerenade
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since 10-23-2001
Posts 10609
By the Seaside


1 posted 09-28-2017 05:37 PM       View Profile for BluesSerenade   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for BluesSerenade

I'm glad that writing poetry gives you an outlet for all the hurt and disappointments in your life.  I wish I knew what to say JP.  All I know is what works for me and living in the past or not able to accept the things I can't change is no way to live.  Just know you are not alone...i think we all suffer unimaginable pain, what sets us apart is waking up and  living our individual disappointments every single day.  But we do have choices how we choose to live our lives.

We all have our personal journeys...
JerryPat2
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2 posted 09-28-2017 06:22 PM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

Just know, Blues, I was finally able to identify my mother. I never blamed her. I probably would have if my"adopted mother hadn't been the way she was. Thank you for your deep conviction.

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

Lori Grosser Rhoden
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3 posted 09-28-2017 08:23 PM       View Profile for Lori Grosser Rhoden   Email Lori Grosser Rhoden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lori Grosser Rhoden

Well Jerry, for as hell bent on destruction that you started out, you have come a long way to tell the tale. (and many other tales too)You have plenty to be proud of despite your regrets. ~L
JerryPat2
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4 posted 09-28-2017 08:28 PM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

Thank you Lori, my dear friend. I got more tales to tell than I ever thought I would have back in the day. Thank you, thank you.

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

jjote
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5 posted 09-29-2017 09:26 AM       View Profile for jjote   Email jjote   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for jjote

At first I thought this was a tale of another person. It takes a lot of guts to spill out such personal hurts in your life. I don't have that so my skeletons lay locked in an invisible closet somewhere. Glad to read all the usual poets are still here to fan the fire. I have been just 'away' counting my hurts
JerryPat2
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6 posted 09-29-2017 10:48 AM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

Very sorry that you had to hide away to hide your hurts, jjote. I hope you are well on your way to a full consideration. Thank you for your kind words. They are appreciated much more than you can imagine.

~ If they give you ruled paper, write sideways. ~
Poet In Pink
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7 posted 10-02-2017 05:30 PM       View Profile for Poet In Pink   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet In Pink

Sometimes the journey is filled with horrific hurts and disappointments beyond words...I've always believed that it is those things and the way we handle them that give us inner strength to persevere....We make or break our own happiness ~ Thank you for sharing Jerry   Alana
JerryPat2
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8 posted 10-02-2017 05:36 PM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

Yes, we have our hurts and disappointments, Alana. It was a pleasure to share this with you, and all the rest, my friend. You are a full-fledged wonder, my friend. Thank you, thank you again.

~ If they give you ruled paper, write sideways. ~
JamesMichael
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9 posted 10-06-2017 09:22 PM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

Thanks for sharing Jerry...james
latearrival
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10 posted 10-06-2017 10:09 PM       View Profile for latearrival   Email latearrival   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for latearrival

JERRY SOMETIMES IT IS BEST TO SHED OURSELVES OF THE HURTS..THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO FIND HAPPINESS.oNE IS  BY GIVING OF YOURSELF EVEN IF THE STORIES ARE SAD, BUT IF IT UNBURDENS YOU A BIT THERE ARE MANY STRONG SHOULDERS HERE TO HOLD THEM AND WE ARE FREE TO TOSS THEM FOR YOU.BEST TO YOU,
LATEARRIVAL/MARTYJO
JerryPat2
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11 posted 10-07-2017 08:57 AM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

Thanks James, appreciate your thoughts.

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

JerryPat2
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12 posted 10-07-2017 08:59 AM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

I know you are correct, Jo. Thanks.

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

LeeJ
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13 posted 10-11-2017 07:56 AM       View Profile for LeeJ   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LeeJ

I'll probably eat these words, but, the strength of you now, is what that little town created...a much better person, who is so much more aware than most...but above all, you turned the pages of your journey into something very rich and profitable...in other words, from our suffering comes much newness, out with the old, in with the new....

I'm so sorry your heart was hurt...

suffering grows the spirit strong and true...
JerryPat2
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14 posted 10-11-2017 08:38 AM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

If you eat those words, Lee, no need topping them with marmalade, the words are sweet enough just as they leave your pretty mouth.

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

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