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Self Preservation

I’ll stay away…
          from what brings pain
What makes tears fall
          like acid rain

I’ll stay away…
         from what is fake
What makes my heart
        about to break 

I’ll stay away….
	From a false friend
Who makes my hope
	Reach bitter end

I’ll stay away…
	From selfish quest
What makes me lose
	What I love best

I’ll stay away….
	From hurtful write
That plunges soul
	In darkest night

I’ll stay away…
	From words untrue
What gives false love 
	In shaded hue


I’ll stay close to…
	what brings me life
What makes my heart
	Free from all strife

I’ll stay close to…
	What feeds my soul
What makes my heart
	Feel light and whole

I’ll stay close to….
	What brings delight
What brings me joy
	In darkest night

I’ll stay close to…..
	What I adore
What feeds me heart	
	Has love in store

I’ll stay close to….
	What's good and true
And so I’ll stay
	Right close to you.

Eileen Manassian

People have different tolerance levels for pain. I have a very low threshold. Fragile and brittle...I break easily, and sometimes the repair work takes forever. Thus, I have found that it's best to stay away from potential heartache and pain. Sometimes we torture ourselves by reading or listening to things that will just drive that nail in deeper into our hearts. Why? That is self torture. There is enough pain in life to bring us down. We don't need to make it worse. So...sometimes keeping a distance is best. Not out of could be disappointed love...unmet expectations...previous painful experiences....or it could just be called....SELF PRESERVATION.

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  1. Date: 3/6/2015 8:59:00 AM

    I myself have a high threshold, maybe I'm just stupid.
  1. Date: 3/6/2015 8:11:00 AM

    A wise life traveler . . . reading the signs, testing the air, watching and alert . . . travelling light ready for love and adventure . . . yes, detours when they happen from life storms. Self preservation is a travelers life line. Travel well LO
  1. Date: 3/6/2015 6:43:00 AM

    This poem really touches me, Eileen, because I feel the same way, I have a low threshold too, and what you've written, I often feel this way too. It's tempting to want to try to surround ourselves with only what we think will keep us safe... but if we do that, we will miss out on being able to learn from others, and grow. Because sometimes we learn and grow the most through our difficulties and challenges... and pain. Life is always a learning process. I love your poem.... I love how you can pour your heart out (and still have it rhyme too!) :) 7
  1. Date: 3/6/2015 2:13:00 AM

    Eileen..Yes there is so much pain in life,some of which We can't erase..But yes I agree with you..some pain We can avoid.Stay close to what makes you positive and whatbrings joy to youf heart sweet lady.I find much joy and peace with only on at times.He is the only one who would never hurt me ,with or without acknowledging it..Yes that is God..The only one who is truly crazyabout me just the way I am. You are a sweet friend..and Ican understand your heart.
  1. Date: 3/5/2015 11:32:00 PM

    Many live by that philosophy and live a great life...I don't like heartache or pain but I will give people the benefit of the doubt. Sure I've been hurt this way but if we never feel pain and heartache we will never fully feel the euphoria of love.....hugs Tim
  1. Date: 3/5/2015 11:28:00 PM

    A poem in 2 parts and what an uplifting ending Eileen - wouldn't if be wonderful if we could stay away from all that hurts us, but in reality life isn't always that kind:-) Hugs Jan xxx 7 xxx