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Baring My Soul

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Baring My Soul



I was the last of ten children in my family Nine lovely girls and li'l ole me Spoiled you may rightly assume WRONG! I was the sweetest well mannered offspring That a parent could ever wish for Even to the point of being withdrawn All through my teenage years I had an inferiority complex Never thought the opposite sex Would ever be interested in me Early on in my career as a graphic designer Things began to change dramatically My success gave a new found confidence And suddenly I saw myself in a different light Which allowed me to open up my heart And function as a normal, well-adjusted human With all the ups and downs, the highs and lows With all the hopes and dreams everyone possesses Married Linda, when I was twenty-two Linda was eighteen and wanted despareatly To get out from under the control Of an extremely dominating and controlling mother Did she love me? Looking back, I would say no I was her ticket to freedom Not a good way to start our married life together Oh our marriage was a happy one at first But knowing that she really didn't love me I was always trying to MAKE HER LOVE ME But I never felt like I succeeded We had three kids of our own And we adopted two others Those adopted kids were my way of trying to tighten the bond To give her everything she asked for But I never ever felt that I succeeded She passed away at fifty-nine from breast cancer At the same time, her younger sister Cathie Was going through a nasty divorce We supported each through those difficult times And it was only natural, we fell in love and married two years later Cathie really does love me and for the very first time I am happy and content with my life Which is all I ever wanted... Now you know my story! © Jack Ellison 2014

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  1. Date: 8/15/2014 1:26:00 PM
    talk about opening your heart and baring all - Jack this is an incredible story am so so so glad you found happiness in the end my friend:-) Hugs jan xxx

  1. Date: 8/15/2014 10:59:00 AM
    A Good story. I'm glad you've found love and contentment. You two deserve it...

    Ellison Avatar Jack Ellison
    Date: 8/15/2014 11:02:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    You always make me smile... big hugs! XOXOX
  1. Date: 8/15/2014 9:19:00 AM
    Now I know you. Do I? lol. Keep it in the family I see. Glad you found love. Love ya, my handsome Romeo. Oops, I think that's what Cathie said lol

    Ellison Avatar Jack Ellison
    Date: 8/15/2014 9:22:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    WOW!!! Handsome Romeo...you make me blush! LOL Love ya, dear friend... Jack XOXOX
  1. Date: 8/15/2014 9:00:00 AM
    Oh Jack my dear friend! Loved ur write today I was anxiously waiting to read! So glad u found ur love , n doing well . God bless u both!

    Ellison Avatar Jack Ellison
    Date: 8/15/2014 9:08:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    You gotta be one of the sweetest ladies here on the Soup or ANYWHERE!!! Love ya dear friend! XOXOX
  1. Date: 8/15/2014 7:35:00 AM
    Oh Man, This reads like a best seller, I'm glad you found happiness in the midst of such tragedy

    Ellison Avatar Jack Ellison
    Date: 8/15/2014 7:51:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you my friend for those kind words! Cheers!
  1. Date: 8/15/2014 7:34:00 AM
    Fine autobiographical write..

  1. Date: 8/15/2014 7:33:00 AM
    Fine autibiographical write..

    Ellison Avatar Jack Ellison
    Date: 8/15/2014 7:49:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you, friend!
  1. Date: 8/15/2014 7:11:00 AM
    Oh Kenny...I'm so moved by this. How incredible. Thanks for sharing...Trying to make someone love you...SO SO painful. I hate it. I hate it. Anyway, my dear...You are a darling man, and I'm so so happy that you finally found love...some never taste it in a lifetime. :) Live it up, my sweet. You deserve it. Hugs to Cathie. She is a lovely woman.

    Ellison Avatar Jack Ellison
    Date: 8/15/2014 7:29:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    You are a real sweetheart my dearest friend! Thank you Eileen! YES Cathie is a lovely woman and I am blessed to call her my dear wife! Thank you again for your kind words... bunches of hugs and much love... Kenny XOXOXOXOX