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What Doesn't Kill You

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0 posted 03-22-2000 07:36 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Michael


They say that what doesn't kill you,
Only makes you stronger.
I can attest such words are true,
By love living no longer.

I walked this darkened path of guilt,
Bearing your cross of shame.
Mocked in every emotion felt,
For belief in your name.

Your promises to nurture me,
The mending of my pain.
All merely a fallacy
Of hope given disdain.

A web you spun with silken craft,
Mesmerizing your prey.
With smiling eyes that loved and laughed,
Then quickly looked away.

A heart of gold come with a price
No man could ever pay.
Flailing, now, helpless sacrifice,
The vultures smile today.

Yes, feed on me! Yes, bleed my soul!
Then crawl off to your cave.
Spin your next victim a bed roll,
And lure Love to it's grave.

While by flesh ripped, all have a taste,
But, lo, I gain their strength.
Healing ten fold your cast of waste
That love I may at length.

Nay, don't look back to carnage passed,
Lest greed take the whoremonger!
For stifling eyes won't sympathize,
And it's clear now who's stronger!

Michael Anderson

 For all behind was dark and drear,
And all before was night and fear.
How many hours of night or day
In those suspended pangs I lay,
I could not tell; I scarcely knew
If this were human breath I drew.

Lord Byron

© Copyright 2000 Michael Anderson - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 03-22-2000 07:38 PM       Edit/Delete Message     View IP for Rosalind Palafox

I loved this poem! This would be perfect to recite at an open poetry cafe. I like the emotions in it.
Rosalind Palafox

 "Love knows hidden paths."-German proverb
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2 posted 03-22-2000 07:57 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

Wow, Michael~
You've sure nailed this one !
It is good to see you emerging strong.

 ~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~

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3 posted 03-22-2000 08:00 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

*stepping back* Well...this is powerful..glad to see you with your poetic fist held up in the air!  
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4 posted 03-22-2000 08:12 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Hey - Stay strong, my friend...I have great faith in you..
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5 posted 03-22-2000 08:28 PM       View Profile for Meadowmuse   Email Meadowmuse   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Meadowmuse's Home Page   View IP for Meadowmuse

Michael, this is a striking piece of poetry...full of powerful and seering images. What a gift you have for conveying, through word, your thoughts and feelings! With each poem of yours that I read, I come away with knowing that I have learned something. This pattern holds fast, my friend. Superb in every way.

~ Claire
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6 posted 03-22-2000 09:58 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Wow, Michael, I can feel your muscle, and it feels GOOD!  Great strong piece!
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7 posted 03-22-2000 10:22 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

I can see I'm not the only one roaring here  
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8 posted 03-22-2000 10:54 PM       View Profile for Marina   Email Marina   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marina

An excellent display of powerful emotions and I feel you gaining control again. Good to see you "Back in the saddle" my friend...stay strong and victory is yours!

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9 posted 03-22-2000 11:05 PM       View Profile for Alwye   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alwye

Exellent, powerful, and assertive piece Michael.  You have so many vivid images here, my friend.  Stay strong.  

 *Krista Knutson*

~*Only when trudging through the soul's darkest midnight can one truly appreciate the glory of the sunrise*~

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10 posted 03-22-2000 11:36 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Incredible Michael strikes again!
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11 posted 03-22-2000 11:45 PM       View Profile for Red   Email Red   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Red

Just one question.... how do you do it time and time again?  Can I have your muse?lol
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12 posted 03-22-2000 11:49 PM       View Profile for devina   Email devina   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for devina

I love the ease with which you express yourself...this is definantly a strong point of yours...

And your words are so true...if not, I'd surely be dead...then I wouldn't have found you!!!

 Open arms can be the most fragile in the world...

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13 posted 03-22-2000 11:56 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Bravo Bravo!! Clapping!!  Very strong it is, I echo the above and then some!
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14 posted 03-23-2000 12:00 AM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

"The vultures smile today"

I must admit I was reading this by rote until I hit that line -- you always find some way to surprise, Michael, which is why I keep coming back for more.  Excellent work.


 Full fathom five thy father lies,
Of his bones are coral made,
Those are pearls that were his eyes;
Nothing of him that doth fade
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange...

--William Shakespeare, from The Tempest

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15 posted 03-23-2000 03:24 AM       View Profile for Mistikman   Email Mistikman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mistikman

Excellent job at an uplifting piece Michael, you are an inspiration to us all  
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16 posted 03-23-2000 04:08 AM       View Profile for Nicole   Email Nicole   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Nicole

Why do I feel this outrageous need to roar?!!!     My friend, this is excellent...We all definately know who's stronger.
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Purgatorial Incarceration

17 posted 03-23-2000 04:19 AM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

I only say I know Mike. I too know.
You echo me again with pain and sorrow. Your strength I can only hope someday to achieve... your poetic prowess... never. I bow to you oh master of the darkness.

[This message has been edited by Christopher (edited 03-23-2000).]
~one voice~
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18 posted 03-23-2000 05:46 AM       View Profile for ~one voice~   Email ~one voice~   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ~one voice~

Michael, you have a wonderful talent!  I always love to read your work.


"And Something's odd-within-
That person that I was-
And this One-do not feel the same-
Could it be Madness-this?"
Emily Dickinson

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19 posted 03-23-2000 11:24 AM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Rosalind, to carry the mood I was in when I wrote this I might scare away half the cafe...LOL

Marge & PdV, thank you both.

Nan, I will - and I'm glad you do...

Claire, don't know what I could have possibly taught you with this but I am humbled by such a compliment.

Martie, here - let me flex for ya...LOL

Ruth, indeed - I had to let a little one out today myself...

Marina, I will and I see it in the distance.

Krista - I think this is what we call positive release of negative emotion...LOL


Red, I've been trying to "off" this particular muse for awhile now - come & get it please!!!

devina - you are a strength all your own, hun, that is for sure - and one I can definately appreciate.  So glad you found me too, babe.  

Rebecca, thanks - and feel free to chime in with the echo anytime...

Kess, glad I could raise an eyebrow there...LOL

Mistik, quite a compliment there guy - sincerest thanks.

Satiate, let me hear that roar girl!  I know you have it in you.

Chris - You give me WAY too much credit, but I know you understand my emotion only too well.  It's funny you look to me as stronger - I always thought of you as "stronger" than me in this regard. Maybe you just don't see that aspect of yourself, yet.

~one voice~
Certainly been a long time, I always loved reading your work too.  I understand Scott is there with you - be sure and tell him I said "hi". Hope you will continue on with us even when he leaves.

Thank you all for the kind replies.


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20 posted 03-23-2000 11:32 AM       View Profile for Tess   Email Tess   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Tess's Home Page   View IP for Tess

And this poem seemed to grow stronger with each verse..but the part that sticks in my mind most is the bit after bleed my soul...such powerful images and awesome work


 "What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two

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