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Devotion To a Lady Unknown

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Devotion To a Lady Unknown

A space inside
wounded, scarred, and growling
I invite her to this place unseen
touching all damage delicate
 knowingly heals with tenderness
   mending hands work over my flesh
      soothing with sensitivity
        All I've ever wanted
          
        A love I've never known
 Unconditional affection and understanding
   A translator reading this heart's hieroglyph
Teaching to trust with openness
  Made first never, made selfless, made cold
    She's thawed me 
      teaching me to love myself
        In that I love her more
For every emotion surging genuine
  She has brought out the best in me
    Accepts all that was the worst in me
I've never felt so comfortable in my own skin

In every way I'd loved before...there was inequality
  I to her, she to me...never a balance
Never reciprocation...always uneasy, unsettling strife
  Distrust, Jealousy, and Selfishness poisoned everything
Always chasing in vain, or running in earnest
   A series of mismatched souls meeting
     in different stages of life, bound to separate sour

So here you are...an angel I'd not known to pray for
  Capable of breaking me down with a smile
    Where I'd created an aloof persona...you saw through
 Conquering the facade with a quick and cutting perspective
Now I'm feeling this weight on my chest
  Quickening my pulse and shortening my breath
        Sighs made of what's left...you have me
             you hold me, I'm yours


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  1. Date: 5/7/2009 8:03:00 PM
    How a woman's love can spring you back to a more generous place. This is an amazing piece Steve! Thanks for commenting on my work, always apprecaited.

  1. Date: 3/19/2009 9:15:00 AM
    Steve, when someone can break you "down with a smile," you know you're in love. Very tender and uplifting work!

  1. Date: 3/18/2009 9:09:00 PM
    This is a beautiful write! -Alyssa

  1. Date: 3/17/2009 7:48:00 PM
    I was trying to get you on face, read my new poem and see if I should take it off

  1. Date: 3/9/2009 5:14:00 PM
    "bound to separate sour" great line! So glad you've found a soulmate! Light & Love Debbie

  1. Date: 3/7/2009 9:44:00 AM
    wow...this is a piece of artful poetry...captures the heart!! Beautiful love story...you write from the heart! ~ love, Carrie

  1. Date: 3/7/2009 4:34:00 AM
    Completely beautiful and written from a wonderful heart. I just love this. The last verse is AWESOME! Whomever this is, i hope she knows she is a lucky lady! *^_^* Yep, very talented writing, Vorhees! Love Christie

  1. Date: 3/7/2009 4:11:00 AM
    Yes, I agree, she is very lucky indeed. And I must agree with Lena's comments too. Should come up with my own, but I also had a horrible night's sleep and feel brainless. Should have waited till later. Anyway, love is a beautiful thing, enjoy every breathless moment. Exellent poetry as always. Love, Shar

  1. Date: 3/7/2009 1:35:00 AM
    wow, this is beautiful. whoever she is she's very lucky :) this is gorgeous....i love it. i would like to give it a more eloquent detailed critique but i haven't slept and my brain is sludge so all I'll say is you are definitely on fire poetry-wise (i envy you) and i particularly love the first verse. great job steve. love, Me

  1. Date: 3/7/2009 12:13:00 AM
    This is amazing as all of the works you have done are. You are so deeply spiritual and speak eloquently from your soul. I love reading your work as it inspires me to look within myself and find what is truly important to me, what I truly want to speak out about. Thank you for your kind comments on my work. Have a lovely night. Smiles from Lolita

  1. Date: 3/6/2009 11:08:00 PM
    HOPEFULLY SEVEN IS GREAT. STEVE I THINK THAT I LOVE U..... YOUR POEM MADE ME THINK, THANKS 4 YOUR COMPLEMENTS ON MY COMPLEX VALENTINE. I UNDERSTAND U...... i FELT U. R YOUR POEM MADE ME THINK ABOUT HOW THE GUY FEELS INSTEAD OF FEELING ONLY FROM THE WOMENS PROSPECTIVE. R U A BRIGHT???