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Thank you - the one that squeezed my hand

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Thank you - the one that squeezed my hand

When the cloak of darkness descends, it’s easy to get lost in it… I fell, I admit. Despair romanced me with its sweet seduction and I plunged in as though held by glued in tentacles. My days were filled with drunken hallucinations My nights withheld peaceful ministrations But I didn’t ask for help. I was a mountain, right? And I covered up my fault lines with blanketed illustrations. Then came the earthquake Resulting in a heart shattering avalanche – The mountain lay in rubble. Skeletons proved more alive in comparison. Word spread, rumors flew. One by one they presented themselves, friends, relatives, curious onlookers: Disgorging their well meaning gibberish Spewing their illogical advice, Spluttering their self- righteous wisdom. And my heart became hardened. My ingrained ability to withdraw into myself forcefully simmered outwardly. One by one they left. All except one. You came near, sat besides me, took my hand and gently squeezed it. Your warmth infused into my body and slowly a tear fell down my cheek. You held me in your arms and I felt it – Your heartbeat… penetrating through my back, piercing right through my stone heart, reigning in my anger, breaking ground to allow for a new heart. And I knew that was my turning point – The exact moment when you squeezed my hand. So…I thank you. …You are the one that saved me.

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  1. Date: 1/31/2014 10:18:00 AM

    Vicky-first, thanks for your response to my poem. I know how a stone heart feels: it doesn't want to feel and then something happens, someone shows you love and yes, you are changed because it is a gift and there are many more yet to come. this poem touched my once-stony heart. I thank you for that. A real poem. barbaraboyd

  1. Date: 1/29/2013 12:08:00 PM

    This is so beautifully written and heartbreakingly honest that I was invested in you from your first admission. I felt a genuine sense of relief and joy (really i did) that there was someone to help turn it around and that you were able to accept that and move forward..brilliant.

  1. Date: 11/29/2012 11:33:00 AM

    A very belated congratulations in Patricia's "Thank-You" contest Vicky. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/22/2012 11:56:00 AM

    Very beautiful expression of feeling, Vicky... Very nice... Terry

  1. Date: 11/19/2012 11:52:00 AM

    Vicky.. Congratulations with your "THANK YOU" poem,, very touching... Take care :-) ~PD

  1. Date: 11/18/2012 9:48:00 AM


  1. Date: 11/18/2012 12:15:00 AM

    this is truly inspiring, beautifully penned, congrats on your win Vicky

  1. Date: 11/17/2012 3:49:00 PM

    Love it, congrats on your win

  1. Date: 11/17/2012 12:56:00 PM

    Congratulations, Vicki...beautifully done...loved the 'fault lines' reference especially - Tim

  1. Date: 11/17/2012 12:49:00 PM

    wow, Vicky, this is an amazing poem. I can fully understand how you won first place. congratulations.

  1. Date: 11/17/2012 8:36:00 AM

    Congrats Vicky.... Good read... Keep it up. xx

  1. Date: 11/17/2012 8:02:00 AM

    You see..who's the best! Why YOU! Congrad's on your win! Light & Love

  1. Date: 11/17/2012 7:40:00 AM

    Big Congratulations Vicky xx

  1. Date: 11/17/2012 6:01:00 AM

    Fantastic words, 1st place so deserved. Well done ....Seren

  1. Date: 11/17/2012 5:05:00 AM

    "heart shattering avalanche" causing goosebumps - showing how moved I am. What a win! Congrats. Ellie Daphne

  1. Date: 11/15/2012 11:55:00 PM

    Aww this is a deep poem, Vicky. loved it.

  1. Date: 11/13/2012 4:29:00 AM

    Beautiful and passionate poem!Enjoyed the read.Best wishes to you.

  1. Date: 11/12/2012 11:29:00 PM

    I just joined poetry soup, so haven't had time to go through many other people's work, but I cannot deny that this caught my is beautiful, very beautiful.

  1. Date: 11/12/2012 8:44:00 AM

    When we are not strong it is nice to have a friend to lean on. Sometimes there are guardian angels around the corner to help us in time of need, but sometimes we can only go to God to pray and feel we have something being there in our life. You had a wondereful miracle and a beautiful poem.

  1. Date: 11/11/2012 10:05:00 AM

    very sensitively serious words for those special people in our lives... your poem gives hope especially when you have someone to hold your hand in such hard episodes of our lives.. bravo! Vicky, i love it!- Lucas-

  1. Date: 11/11/2012 8:36:00 AM

    This is another beautiful poem of yours. Sometimes it takes so little to make a difference. Many blessings always . Lucilla

  1. Date: 11/11/2012 8:18:00 AM

    I felt your words penetrate my heart. God has truly blessed you with a gift. I feel like I am reading the words of a Prophetess.

  1. Date: 11/11/2012 6:21:00 AM

    Very interesting work..Don't know if it is based on a factual happening or is totally metaphoric language..Enjoyed reading whichever it is..Sara

  1. Date: 11/11/2012 5:59:00 AM

    beautiful poem Vicky, all it takes sometimes, is for someone to gently hold our hand, love your write, have a beautiful day, love elizabeth

  1. Date: 11/11/2012 4:08:00 AM

    Oh my gosh!! That is awesome. It gave me the chills. I can relate to some of the experiences. Wow! Really good...Thank you soooo much for you're kind and inspiring comments on my villanelle. It's the first one I've written. You words lifted me...I'm going to soupmail you..Holly Moore

  1. Date: 11/10/2012 10:00:00 AM

    Beautiful piece Vicky much enjoyed... hugs Michael

  1. Date: 11/10/2012 9:35:00 AM

    Wonderful write on this well written poem. You feel the pain and hopelessness of the person and then they are saved. How awesome is that. love phyl

  1. Date: 11/10/2012 8:23:00 AM

    'And my heart became hardened'– what a relatable line that is. Wow, this is a breath taking piece I must say! I'm going to add it to my favorites. Beautiful poem!

  1. Date: 11/10/2012 6:04:00 AM

    A great write, Vicky... very touching! Hugs, Jack xox

  1. Date: 11/10/2012 5:54:00 AM

    Touching, but beautifully written Vicky. - Have a nice weekend. -oxox / / Anne-Lise :)