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Janet Marie
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0 posted 02-24-2000 06:51 PM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Janet Marie

A Child's Loss Of Choice

In his life, some things ... were just a painful given ...
the hurt came when he got lost in the life he was forced into living.
Some wounds scar too deeply and never really heal,
denial helps for a while, blocking the pain that is all too real.

Is it fate or fortune that decides which child will lose its choice ...
sometimes the pain of the past takes away ones soul and ones voice.
When innocence and trust become victims of circumstance-
futures are traded away...and beg for a second chance.

A childhood held hostage by another's tragic mistakes,
the ransom paid with his love-a heart that bleeds, then breaks.
Always knowing he's paid the price ... for someone else's sins,
in this cycle of dreams taken away...only heartache wins.

How does one break the hold of yesterday to move on to tomorrow,
to be no longer haunted by old ghosts dredging up old pain and sorrow.
Its not so hard to understand how he got lost in the shame and fears,
he learned early on, how to numb the pain and keep from drowning in his own tears.

But he was so much stronger than any of them knew,
in time he exchanged denial for the things that helped him get thru...
Faith in true love and God above, the healing wisdom of his poets pen,
no longer allowing the past to own him, a new life he chooses to begin.

Janet Marie  2/24/00

Written for and inspired by someone special in my life AND also by the strength, courage, and honesty, that I have been so touched by here at Passions. I wish to thank all of you who share you pain and lessons of life through your poetry... as it creates understanding and compassion and brings light upon the shadows.
Abuse knows no gender, race, religion, status, or age.
My friends amazing strength and faith taught me lessons of understanding and forgiveness that changed my life and heart forever.
I'll always be grateful to him. I dedicate this to him and anyone who lives with this pain.
I thank you for the inspiration and for allowing me to share this.
take care, with much respect, Janet Marie




 ...there are places inside all our souls...
that have never been touched...
there are places inside our hearts...
that need to be loved this much...
Janet Marie

*I miss you baby...
I love you, always.*



[This message has been edited by Janet Marie (edited 02-25-2000).]
© Copyright 2000 Janet Marie - All Rights Reserved
Martie
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1 posted 02-24-2000 08:11 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

This is painful to read--because it was written with tears.  It is hard to understand the why of some things, but through adversity comes strength--and that is a good thing.  
serenity blaze
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2 posted 02-24-2000 09:03 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Unabashedly pouring your heart out...Beautiful and brave.  Serenity applauds.
Meadowmuse
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3 posted 02-25-2000 12:40 AM       View Profile for Meadowmuse   Email Meadowmuse   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Meadowmuse's Home Page   View IP for Meadowmuse

   Janet Marie, such a sorrowful world we live in that allows children to be victimized at the hands of their "protectors." And yet, it happens. And every day.
   In sharing your work here, you are helping to bring this message into the light, and into the hearts of people who can, in turn, make a difference in the life of a child, who can use their wisdom, love and tenderness to give a child or even an adult child the nurturing and encouragement to heal and grow in heart, strength and wounded soul.
   Your friend is a success story...someone who, with much work and help in healing, is putting his life together, possibly for the first time. Your depiction of his struggle is heartbreaking, yes, but will most assuredly serve as a solid source of inspiration for anyone who is challenged by overcoming their own darknesses.

Much shared peace and healing to you both.  
Claire
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4 posted 02-25-2000 01:17 AM       View Profile for bsquirrel   Email bsquirrel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for bsquirrel

I was going to say something much like Claire said, but she's the true wordsmith here. I just wanted to say, myself, that this poem just ... I don't even have words for it. It's obvious the love and inspiration you have found through this friend -- it pours out in every carefully wrought word.

Mike
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5 posted 02-25-2000 02:14 AM       View Profile for CrazyChick   Email CrazyChick   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for CrazyChick

this poem brought tears to my eyes    noone should ever have to go through that kind of pain     unfortunatly   it is happening, to too many good people     hopefully it will stop,
you did a great job!!!!
good luck to you both  
Aimster
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6 posted 02-25-2000 02:42 AM       View Profile for Aimster   Email Aimster   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Aimster

l~Janet Marie~

Once again I am brought to tears by such a moving poem. This is in a word simply WOW! I have endured such painful memories that you speak of, and have worked hard to overcome them. I now am a social worker for my county's dept of social services. In my line of work I work with children's services, specifically CPS. I see abuse constantly in the year that I have worked there. It amazes me still what children go through, and yet still come out ahead. They are the true champions! What a beautiful gesure to dedicate this to your friend. I would just like to say from the bottom of my heart, thank you for sharing this..
Respectfully yours
AMY




 ~Live today as though it were your last but prepare for tomorrow as though it were here~
Michael
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7 posted 02-25-2000 04:25 AM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Wow!  Beautiful & powerful poem, Janet Marie.

"When innocence and trust become victims of circumstance-
futures are traded away...and beg for a second chance"

Those lines hit home hard for me.  It is so hard to get back into life anyway but once the innocence and trust are gone, it's hard to even see life as worthwhile.

You have the correct answer, though. (imho)  Only with faith in God can one overcome such a past.  All things happen for a reason, perhaps the endured pain will serve God's purpose someday soon.    

Michael

[This message has been edited by Michael (edited 02-25-2000).]
Walter Poe
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8 posted 02-25-2000 10:05 AM       View Profile for Walter Poe   Email Walter Poe   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Walter Poe

As you know Janet Marie i very rarely leave the darkness myself perhaps it is appropriate i read this piece when i do

My life is in those words somewhere

"As always your power shines through with words touching deep and true

All the old songs fade to blue and beauty stands alone with you"

 Pride of place in the human race goes to one without a trace,
of subtlety style ego or grace for this position, I wish to say, i would be proud as i am greater than any other face in the crowd

Janet Marie
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9 posted 02-25-2000 07:13 PM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Janet Marie

I am moved to tears by the understanding and encouragement of this poem. I have so much respect for those who read and relpy rather than scroll on thru a painful subject(but I understand the "why"of doing so)

Martie, thank you SO MUCH for your understanding and sweet words...understanding shed's light.

serenity...you ALWAYS say the right thing...and make me smile. thank you sweets!

Claire...your words mean SO MUCH...I thank you for the courage you show and share in here. We all learn from your grace.
I thank you also for the inspiration.
Your poems are so beautiful...as is the poet.

Bsq-Mike...I was very touched by your acceptance of this...to think I made YOU speechless...thats quite a compliment(smile).
thank you for your sweet words.

Crazychick, thank you for your tears and encouragement...I am moved by your reply.

AMY...sweet amy...you always touch me with your replies to my work...and thank you for sharing your pain and healing with us...how unselfish of you to help others who live it to...that must be a tough job...you too have my respect and admiration.

Michael...dear amazing Michael...you, who has given SO much of yourself...sharing your pain and the lessons learned thru your beautiful poetry...I feel such a connection to your words. I thank you for the healing and inspiration you've given to me.I thank you also for the encouragement of my work in all the forums. I know you understand my words. I remain in awe of you(smile)

Walter... my kind and wise poetic friend...I am deeply moved by your reply...I now know you too understand...thank you for the verse...I'll treasure it always... for you to leave the "darkness" and find me...Im  SO honored (smile)...see you back there

thank you all of you...love ya, janet marie


 ...there are places inside all our souls...
that have never been touched...
there are places inside our hearts...
that need to be loved this much...
Janet Marie

*I miss you baby...
I love you, always.*

hoot_owl_rn
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10 posted 02-25-2000 08:41 PM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

Janet a wonderful work that touches the heart...thank you for beaing a voice for those who can not speak for themselves...the innocent children  
christies heart
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11 posted 02-26-2000 06:37 AM       View Profile for christies heart   Email christies heart   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for christies heart

Janet Marie, This poem speaks of the caring and empathic nature of your own soul. This is great and shows a true understanding on your part. Hold on to that for your friend. Because that is one of the most needed elements in human healing, I think... Thank you so much for sharing this.
Elizabeth Santos
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12 posted 02-26-2000 10:34 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

You picked the saddest subject in the world to write about and captured the real trgedy. The fact that there is often no choice. Beautifuuly done and a nice tribute to your friend
Liz
Seymour Tabin
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13 posted 02-26-2000 12:46 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Janet,
What you say is true I know
It was always and ever so.
Your words are clear and written well.
But ride upon a carousel.
A good poem.
Lisann
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14 posted 02-05-2003 10:43 PM       View Profile for Lisann   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lisann

wow......another masterpiece Janet.  This is very well written.  Sounded like you were talking about me for a moment...You have a great understanding of your friend and a beautiful heart for being able to stand by his side and help him overcome the obstacles facing him.  I'm sure he has learned as much from you as you have from him....and that the two of you will have a heart connection for life.
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15 posted 12-16-2003 12:49 PM       View Profile for CocoBaci   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for CocoBaci

Oh my goodness sweetPoetFriendJanetMarie, I had to pause mid-way through reading this jewel as it touched my heart soooooooooo deeply and now, I can't seem to find the words2explain2u just how much I enjoyed the read, so pardon me for not elaborating but to cut to the chase this poem is "a treasure" and "a keepsake of a read" 4mesweetie"...

Hugs2uAlways
*~coco~*
 
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