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when I think of home I have mixed emotions 
because home is where the heart is and home is a safe place 
where everyone loves you and protects you from all harm
it is a blanket of love surrounding you and your loving family


home can be many things to different people 
and my home had none of these feelings

my home was a place of violence and anger 
where you needed to disappear to survive 
hiding from sudden meaness you could never understand 
shaking in fear from some invisible force 
coming from a place you could not see 
but always felt  
I could smell the fear on my body as I tried to shrink as small as possible 
so I would be unseen 
silence did not always keep the cruelty at bay
never understanding how I caused such unkindness 
as a child brought an overwhelming sense 
of unworthiness in me which affects me to this day
I fell in love with a kind and gentle man who helped me change
from a silent shy person 
to a well-adjusted adult with his love and compassion 
I know he saved me

growing up in a dysfunctional family 
does not have to leave you unfulfilled or unhappy 
there is love in the world that can fix you
if you allow yourself to be loved 
so you can finally love yourself

never will I allow violence hate or cruelty in my home with my family

my home is where my heart is 
and my home is a safe place where I will protect my loved ones 
from all harm 
and embrace them with a blanket of love

My home is where love lives

Contest: Home
8th place win

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  1. Date: 5/29/2013 8:12:00 AM

    Love the honesty in your thoughts Betty--I pray that life continues to embrace you--you deserve it!!

  1. Date: 5/28/2013 1:28:00 PM

    - Thanks for letting me visit your home - Congratulations on your win in the contest: "A Home" - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 5/28/2013 1:21:00 PM

    My big hearty congratulations my dear friend , Betty for your win and your very beautiful poem. I love it so much and I’ve extremely enjoyed. Thanks a lot for your full support! Love lots, Leonora

  1. Date: 5/22/2013 10:15:00 AM

    - Yes, time passes too quickly, Betty .... Now it is the grandchildren playing and laughing in my home. - Good luck in the contest. - Have a nice day. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 5/20/2013 1:45:00 PM

    "*.#" Your New Home As World Seems And Sounds Wonderful! ˜ There Was An Article I Read Last Weekend From A Female Attorney Whom Within Pointed Unto A Bought As Paid For Judicial System Saying That Everything Would Be Alright As Long As We Keep Our Eyes Upon The Trodden Poor And That They Were There To Serve As Protect Us But No She Concluded, We Are Not Safe ? Who's The Bully ? Christ Jesus, Once Went Into An Extended Chastisement In Re The Lawyers As Law Makers ? Home Is a Symptom In Great Part Her Environment As Also, 'Abuse & Neglect.' === Love, Jasper *