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You Can't Make Me

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hoot_owl_rn
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0 posted 03-22-2000 10:07 AM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

(I have to add a little disclaimer to this one so I am not overwhelmed with replies asking me if Iím okay. Actually, I am fine   this is just something that needed written out. Despite the obvious sad overtones to this piece, I am elated to be able to write it, to the point where I almost titled it ďI Am Woman Hear Me RoarĒ...lol. Anyway, this poem, I think, says a great deal coming from someone who played dead for over 15 years...isnít life and freedom grand? )

You Canít Make Me

You can dress me in designer clothes;
paint my face in the latest shades;
and show me off to the world
...but you can never make me perfect.

You can find all my missing pieces;
coat me in super glue;
and put me back together again
...but you can never make me complete.

You can bind me with your possessiveness;
shackle me with fear;
and beat me to submission
...but you can never own me.

You can pretend that everything is all right;
lay me down beside you;
and take my body
...but you can never make me love you.



 The poet's job is to put into words those feelings we all have that are so deep, so important, and yet so difficult to name, to tell the truth in such a beautiful way that people cannot live without it. ~Jane Kenyon
© Copyright 2000 Ruth Kephart - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 03-22-2000 10:14 AM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Janet Marie

Hoot...you go girl...you "roar" with strength and grace in this...isnt the release that comes when we write so perfect...i related to this so well. I too walked arouund "dead" for years...no one told me...they were afraid I'd lay down and no one would do their laundry ...
stay strong friend

 and you can say baby...
baby can I hold you tonight
maybe if told you the right words...
at the right time,
you'd be mine...
baby can I hold you tonight...
tracy chapman


Denise
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2 posted 03-22-2000 10:53 AM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Ain't that the truth!! Well spoken Ruth!! My sentiments exactly! I didn't find this to have sad undertones though at all. What hit me was the inner strength of the writer!  

Denise
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WOOHOO!!!  You go! I love it, I love it!!!!
I agree with Denise, it is full of strength Ruth!  Wish I had written this one, and though I love every line for they all speak so much truth to me, I just love the next to last stanza!

Way to go!!

 <*\\\><

There's only two ways you can go...
One way you can save your riches,
And the other will save your soul.
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4 posted 03-22-2000 11:30 AM       View Profile for INclan   Email INclan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for INclan

Ruth,

A powerful inspiration!  I am glad you provided a disclaimer.  I would have been rushing to your aid. I do feel bad for the experiences that drove you to write this.

HUGS!

INclan
hoot_owl_rn
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Oh Inclan...the thought of you rushing to my aid almost makes me wish I wouldn't have posted the disclaimer   Thank you  

Janet Marie...not a pleasant feeling being dead and not knowing it, but even more unpleasant is being dead inside and feeling helpless to do anything about it. I'm glad that both of us have begun to live once more  

Denise and Rebecca...thank you my dear friends...it is people like you who give me my strength  
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6 posted 03-22-2000 12:16 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Gee, thanks, Ruth.   I shall now go through the rest of the day with thoughts of coating you in super glue  
Martie
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7 posted 03-22-2000 03:05 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Ruth this is wonderful and strong and made me feel so proud of you...Hugs!! Oh, it's also a great poem.
JamesMichael
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Hoot Owl nice to read that you've come out of that hell and now you are enjoying the beauty of this life.  I know that it is a journey and I hope for special blessings to come into your life.   James
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Hoot Owl....I hear that roar loud and clear!!!  Inner strength is priceless, isn't it?  Excellent work!!!  

 Friends are friend forever if the Lord's the Lord of them and a friend will not say never cause the welcome will not end.
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10 posted 03-22-2000 03:53 PM       View Profile for Broken Wings   Email Broken Wings   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Broken Wings

I LOVE IT....I LOVE IT!!!
Poems like these just make me want to stand up and ROAR too!  

take care,
Broken Wings


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11 posted 03-22-2000 04:38 PM       View Profile for PhaerieChild   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for PhaerieChild

Wow! Wish I'd have written this! This is exactly how I felt when with the ex. Very strong, very powerful and I don't see sadness, I see some awesome inner spirit that is not to be trifled with. Very inspirational!!!

 Poetry~ Words falling on paper, painting a dream.

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12 posted 03-22-2000 07:06 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Agree
Agree
Agree
Agree


Yep! This is a great poem!!!!
Elizabeth Santos
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And the grandstand is cheering!
Wow, Ruth, this is wonderfully powerful stuff!
This one should be written across the sky!
Well done
Liz
Michael
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14 posted 03-22-2000 07:19 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

And you never roared more beautifully, Ruth.
Great poem.

michael

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i liked this poem a lot! It is soo true! Wish I could've come up with this poem,  

 "Love knows hidden paths."-German proverb
Corinne
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You go girl!  Hey, Ruth, I've done the playing dead routine myself, it's probably the worst place to be, because you don't know you're there until things get real bad, right? And then, it takes forever to find you again, and even longer to get out of that relationship!

It takes strength, and you have obviously got plenty of that!

Corinne
Nan
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You've come a long way.... LAAAADY!!..
Tess
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I thought this was a really strong and positve poem..and I could relate to it so much....

hoot_owl_rn
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Tess, Nan, Rosiland, Michael, Lone Wolf, Broken Wings,  and PDV....thank you all  

Balladeer...lol, leave it to you my friend  

Martie...hugs right back to you and thanks dear  

Jim...thank you very much, that means a great deal  

Wildchild and Corinne...I'm only sorry you know how this feels   Thank you both for your words  

Liz...you are a dear, thank you  

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20 posted 03-22-2000 10:00 PM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Hoot~
A kitten looking in the mirror
loves the roaring lioness' reflection.

Love to you, gal !
~*Marge*~




 ~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~
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hoot_owl_rn
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Marge...I still have that poem of yours on the stationary and it still remains amoung my favorites of yours...sometimes when I look into the mirror, I see both sides, the lion and the kitten...it's getting a healthy combination of the two that is the hard part  
David2
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22 posted 03-23-2000 11:11 AM       View Profile for David2   Email David2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for David2

Wow, this is very powerful. I loved it. Thank you for your kind words about my work, I am not sure if I am ready to try publishing. I am really enjoying being a part of this forum though. I am also glad to know that you are fine. I believe poetry is terribly therapeutic and I use it myself in that manner. I can't empathize with your circumstances but I can empathize with your pain. Great poem! David2
hoot_owl_rn
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David...thank you  
Christopher
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24 posted 03-24-2000 09:38 PM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

You can bind me with your possessiveness;
shackle me with fear;
and beat me to submission
...but you can never own me.


Never.

You're a free soul and it's always amazing to watch you fly Ruth.
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