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My Past/My Bondage

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My Past/My Bondage

My past forever haunts me,
for I was twice a martyr.
Should I not feel the need to hide?
Am I not to have unexplained fears,
such as fire, execution and the clergy?
Should I not?
Am I not?

My past is me; It rules me,
for I sat on a throne of power.
Do I not have the right to miss it?
Can I not feed the hungry and the poor,
because greedy kings will bury me in darkness?
Do I not?
Can I not?

My past is my present, you see,
for I am weary; my soul is tired.
Will I be granted permission to restore it?
Wouldn't I be careless not to take care of it,
polish it and make it shine like a diamond again?
Will I be?
Wouldn't I be?













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  1. Date: 7/13/2008 9:45:00 AM
    Who says it doesn't shine now? No earthling should judge and if they do, they aren't worth worrying about. God Bless. Vince

  1. Date: 7/10/2008 10:04:00 AM
    Ivy, this is outstanding writing. Sent my head for a spin. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/7/2008 8:26:00 AM
    What we have been and what we are define who we will be, but you control the formation of tomorrow. Your words are heavy, they weigh on me as I read this poem over and over. You are certainly a diamond, your words demonstate that to us all. Beautiful! My best, Charlie

  1. Date: 7/7/2008 4:51:00 AM
    Ivy, this is so well presented as with me, I believe our past sufferings are what makes us the us we are now and they should perpetuate in a way to help us even further understand ourselves as we relate to the rest of the world. Excellent flow and thought in this. Keep up the great writing. Michael

  1. Date: 7/6/2008 5:11:00 PM
    Your past is always a part of you. Use it to become the person you are meant to be. Learn from it and use it well. Love, Shar

  1. Date: 7/6/2008 2:45:00 PM
    Hi Ivy, great write, it's full of reflection into one's own self analysis, I believe that our past is what can shape us to be who we are in a good way or a bad way, nicely done, and thanks for your welcome comments, take care D-nyce

  1. Date: 7/6/2008 11:11:00 AM
    The past is what makes us the jewel of some strange, yet singular beauty and enables us to shine, if we are not burned by the fire. Beautifully written, my dear friend. Love, Sara

  1. Date: 7/6/2008 10:19:00 AM
    Sometimes it is hard to overcome the past - I spent a great deal of time in prison for Manufacturing Methamphetamine which made me feel like I was also on a throne of power - I realized in the end I was nothing but a fool - no more than a puppet on the Devils strings - My past was my bondage and my poetry set me free - great poem

  1. Date: 7/6/2008 9:20:00 AM
    Hello Ivy This feels like what it means to take responsibility for ones own journey through the multiple lives of ones own soul.The loving patience and embrace of the all knowing is infinately so wise. Trusting in it makes our journey in this life a better one. Excellent my friend! Love Light Truth Patricia Truly loved this one!

  1. Date: 7/6/2008 7:19:00 AM
    Great introspection and very well written. Well done. Regards Heidie

  1. Date: 7/6/2008 5:16:00 AM
    Hi, Astrid. Great write....a question, probably, everyone ponders at one time or another....You do a real fine job of putting secret thoughts into words. Love, Daver