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No one can understand the life that i have lived
No one can fathom the things i have seen
No one can know why i am the way i am
No one can know where my live has been
I come from the inside of a woman's body
the person in which helped create me but i don't blame her
I come from that woman not knowing
The answers when her daughter asks for her father
To call my own. Someone who could or would
walk or drive me to school
Take me to father daughter days
and many functions at school
Someone to know what to look for in a man
and not be  trapped by my own insecurities
Someone to ask a million questions
when i bring my boyfriend to meet the family
i come from a mother who smoked weed everyday
using it to defend herself against her pain
no one knew the ailments that intruded her nightly dreams
They just thought she and statistics were one and the same
I come from being solo to having a sister
Taking all the attention away from me
Stealing my shine and my thunder
Taking all away from me
I grew up with no friends to rely
No one to share my secrets with
No shoulder to cry on
No one to just be me with
I come from being so poor we lived on the streets once
no water, food, or money
No heat to keep us warm or air to keep up cool
just hand me down things
I come from holding things in too much
not being able to let go of emotions
I am crying when i am mad or pissed off
but quiet and reserve when i want to cry
I come from having all of this and so much more
I will never get things back to the way they should be
I will constantly be dysfunctional and if you wonder why
before judgement is passed my background you should see

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  1. Date: 3/22/2013 6:21:00 PM
    JASMINE , a nice warm welcome to the soup. My name is Linda, many poets on the soup call me PD for fun. I'm stopping by to invite you to one of my latest contest... called ---> "Only for the New Poets of 2013--the first poem you posted on the soup..." he he he Yes it has a long title. But, I want to give the new poets on the soup the enjoyment and challenges we offer in our contest. If you like please consider my contest. I love the enjoyment of meeting and reading the new poems from all new poets. Thank you for your time~ Always*LINDA