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Below is the poem entitled Confusion which was written by poet Laura Stalnaker. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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I have heard so many people say, life is something grand 
The secret to being happy, I just don't understand.
My heart is always knocking, wanting out so it can feel 
What it's like to be happy, what it feels like to be real. 
As this little voice is saying, today we'll have some fun
While another voice says go ahead, but know that I will run. 
Deep within I am so confused, I am feeling so distraught 
Every time I try to think, I lose my train of thought. 
How to get my life on track, such knowledge I'm without
It seems I'm locked within myself, with no exit to get out.

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  1. Date: 1/24/2014 1:52:00 PM

    I absolutely relate to this, Laura. As I read your words I found myself reliving a dark side of me which spanned two lost decades. You very aptly described how it feels to be locked down within your own mind. A very scary place to be.

  1. Date: 1/6/2014 4:46:00 PM

    Laura, Your first poem on the soup is excellent for the readers!! Stopping by with a nice, sweet Welcome to Poetry Soup. Wishing you the best when it comes to your poems. I hope you get to meet all the nice poets around here. Starting with me. SKAT :-) Please drop a hello and tell me a little about yourself if you like. I would like to be your newest poetry soup "FRIEND". Hugs* SKAT

  1. Date: 1/6/2014 7:59:00 AM

    Hi, Laura I know this feeling, my heart right now can relate. ,, A nice warm WELCOME to poetry soup. Dropping by to invite you to my latest contest. You will find the contest page on the top left hand side* -Looking forward in following and reading your poetry. Hope to hear from you soon. You will enjoy the community, we are one big happy family. (Drama & Love. LOL) ~ Take Care!! From: your new poet friend @-> LINDA <-@

  1. Date: 1/6/2014 6:59:00 AM

    - Welcome to P-Soup, Laura ! - Pleased to read your first poem. - A good poem with a nice rhyme. - Hope you will have much pleasure to be with us. - Wishing you good luck !! - (Comment on the poetry of others and they will comment on yours). - My first greeting to you from Norway. - I will come back to read more .... another day :) - All the best for the year 2014 ! - oxox // Anne-Lise :)