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I know (Oppression)

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I know (Oppression)

One thing that I know all about, without any doubt
        The meaning of “Oppression of The Soul.”
               I once shattered all my dreams, with ill-gotten schemes
                      Along with every single goal
Emptiness is a real dark thing
        As it eats its way through your soul
              I found the bottom of the pit, all I can say of it
                       It truly was a very empty hole
I guess every story has a meaning
         Just as every game has a price
              If you look closely at me, you’ll be able to see
                      A lifetime of pain in my advice
Oppression is a real dark word
        Regardless of how the word is used
                 If you’re in the shadow of it, the bottom the pit
                          You know what it means to be abused
For years I walked in the shadows
      I had nothing but hatred for the Son
                I just couldn’t see, why it had to be
                        All the things in my life that had been done
If you were to look into my eyes
      And read all the stories they have to tell
            All you would be able to see, is pain and misery
                   A shadow that was in a living hell
I know all about oppression
     For it rolls upon the shores of hate
        I once looked in the mirror to see, a ghost living in me
             Just a skeleton walking through his fate
I also know all about redemption
     Behind every shadow there rest some form of light
                   With in the breath of a prayer, I learned how to care
                           Thus changing the course of my plight
Every story has a meaning
        There is a way to right any wrong
                Grasp to the light, and then hold on tight
                          As you search for the meaning of your song
My song once was heavy metal
         I truly loved to bang my head
                 An empty soul, with a bottomless hole
                          A never-ending hunger to be fed
Now my song is a ballad
        A story that is full of hope and love
                I learned how to pray, and give it away
                       Accepting grace from the Lord above
Oppression crosses our paths everyday
        It is everywhere to see
                You know what’s right, learn to stand and fight
                       You will have learned to be all that you can be
 

Written for the "Oppression of the Soul Contest)

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  1. Date: 10/17/2009 12:34:00 PM
    well done! good luck in college. I remember how nursing school sucked the creativity out of me, but I have gotten some of it back now.

  1. Date: 10/14/2009 6:05:00 AM
    A MASTERPIECE!!!!!!! Every line is filled with profound meaning. SUCH A UNIVERSAL MESSAGE. 'with the breath of a prayer, I learned how to care'. MAGNIFICENT! my dear Michael. To my favorite list immediately. Love, Lainie

  1. Date: 10/13/2009 7:56:00 AM
    Very true statements for some people and most people have been touched by some oppression in one way or another. Keep writing. Sara

  1. Date: 10/13/2009 2:24:00 AM
    Best wishes with this Michael.Rgds Brian & thanks for your welcome commnts

  1. Date: 10/12/2009 5:31:00 PM
    You have certainly lived the worst and through His love you will now know the best. YOur poem is incredible, love the rhyme and meter, your poetry is evolving as you do! Keep up the wonderful work my friend! And thank you for your comments on my recent poem, Love Echos. Your opinion matters dearly. Love ~Tru~

  1. Date: 10/12/2009 8:17:00 AM
    Michael, It took all this to bring you to where you are now. That is really quite something when you think about it. The depth of your understanding and compassion will help so many through you. Smile. Good luck my friend in the Contest. Looks like a winner to me. Take care, Have a inspiring week hun. Many blessings to you and yours. Thanks too for your most welcomecomments.They always make me smile. Love Light Truth Patricia

  1. Date: 10/11/2009 8:04:00 PM
    It is great to hear Jesus at work in someone's life. I am hoping this happens for a lot of people, that they get the truth. Jesus is changing my life, also.

  1. Date: 10/10/2009 10:49:00 PM
    I admire the way you found the path to hope and love through prayer, MJ. What a dramatic chang your life took! And I'm sure your wonderful wife had a great influence on your perspective. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 10/9/2009 11:26:00 AM
    That, is a lot of hate.. I was being oppressed in this hauntingly accurate verse... Vivid descriptions, with nice rhythm....EXCELLENT.....:JP]