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'Smothered No More'

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'Smothered No More'

Bounded by fear - 
Do you still remember that?
When I would build my walls;
I would let no one in
I would look for ways to cut them off
Especially those who got too close 

Do you remember when I said?
It was for their own good 
In the meantime you knew it was the fear talking
Afraid of the consequences
Feeling that if I let them in, 
They might be hit by misfortune

I never thought it would come to this
I never thought the fear would dissipate –

Replaced by faith 
Replaced by the knowledge 
That everything that happened 
Had to happen

In order for me to let go
To stop myself from stifling my growth 

I needed to embrace the pain, 
Embrace the laughter,
Even the fear of losing loved ones 

I needed to let go – 

I needed to experience the hurt 
I needed to experience the joy
I needed to experience the fear
I needed to fail, 
I needed to fall

So I can stand today
Knowing that no matter what happens
My mind,
My body 
My soul 
Is ready to go on –

That fear can be toppled by faith 

If I focus on me 

Focus on today and not on my past


Copyright © Wilma Neels

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  1. Date: 4/4/2015 7:30:00 PM
    Wilma, Dropped by to say hi and congratulate you on having your poem selected by Soup's Administration. This is a wonderful poem to have featured on the homepage. ~Always & Forever~ LINDA

  1. Date: 9/28/2013 2:11:00 PM
    Wilma, this is such well written and deeply felt introspection. I totally relate to all of it :) Congrats on your win

  1. Date: 9/27/2013 8:30:00 PM
    congratulations Wilma... xox~ Linda

  1. Date: 9/25/2013 12:28:00 PM
    I can really relate to this completely. This poem is very inspirational and powerful. A very enjoyable poem to read! Congratulations on your win, as well! Wonderful work, Wilma!...Thank you so much for the kind comments. I really appreciate it!

  1. Date: 9/25/2013 8:18:00 AM
    So well expressed, congratulations.

  1. Date: 9/24/2013 4:53:00 PM
    So here it is again on the winners list where it deserves to be. BIG congrats, Wilma

  1. Date: 9/24/2013 4:28:00 PM
    Wonderful poem, Wilma. I am putting it into my favs. Thank you and Congratulations on your win in Drake's contest. love and hugs, Catie :)

  1. Date: 9/24/2013 9:58:00 AM
    I believe everything happens for a reason and shapes us in to who we are today...your poem is well written, congrats on your win...

  1. Date: 9/24/2013 9:30:00 AM
    So introspective and self discovery in every line! I love this Wilma!! Congratulations!

  1. Date: 9/24/2013 9:02:00 AM
    Wilma!!! You placed 7th on my contest! I had a sense this was you. :) A lot of vulnerable power resounds loudly in this writing. A strong focus on the "need" of emotional security & positive outcomes from all the risks. Wonderful job! =D

  1. Date: 9/18/2013 9:38:00 AM
    This is a Masterpiece!!!!

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  1. Date: 9/9/2013 5:28:00 PM
    I love the wisdom and honesty that permeate this piece. Straight to my favorites.

  1. Date: 9/7/2013 4:01:00 PM
    amazing poetry Wilma, love the message, and yes only use the past to build strength for the future...

  1. Date: 9/5/2013 5:44:00 AM
    This is a fearless write in of itself my friend! I loved the way you wove the intricacies all throughout your poem! I really loved reading this immensely wonderful poem here this morning! Sorry I've been away, Just got some bad news! But I will persevere! Awesome Work!!

  1. Date: 9/4/2013 9:07:00 AM
    very wise and wonderful!

  1. Date: 9/4/2013 9:01:00 AM
    Very nice thought with a message Focus on today and not on my past

  1. Date: 9/4/2013 8:13:00 AM
    Spot on, Wilma. Water your own roots in order to grow & stand tall.

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  1. Date: 9/4/2013 7:51:00 AM
    wow, what a powerful message of having faith and being strong to face things and just move on. A very wise poem.