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A Cross To Bear

“A Cross To Bear” Like salt in wounds, the pain ignites Infected to the nerve, Intrusive sunlight, blinding eyes A hell I don’t deserve. Useless band-aids morph as pills False hope to cure real pain Yet thoughts can be close to immune To changing patterns, flying sane. Invisible, this illness grows The mental torture reigns The harder that I fight this beast The tighter squeeze the chains. These ailments burrow deep within Depression and much more No choice of mine, they’re part of me A lifetime mental war. However, though, I suffer much I know life isn’t fair For each and every one of us We have a cross to bear. Written on December 1, 2021 “A Cross To Bear” Sponsor: Edward Ibeh

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Date: 2/12/2022 12:00:00 AM
Meghan, this is touching both for the candor of your own struggles, and for the compassion and empathy you show in the last stanza for others who have a cross to bear. I'm sending you a soupmail to explain in a little more detail why this one has impacted me so much. I sing this one to the tune of Amazing Grace and get so much comfort from your honesty and courage to get out of bed each day with the will to overcome the chains that tighten around you from this invisible illness. Absolutely breathtaking poetry on so many levels. I hope others can read this and renew their courage and feel less alone because of your willingness to dig deep and share these poignant thoughts. A fav for me. Blessings ~ John
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Meghan Hutchings
Date: 2/20/2022 8:55:00 AM
John, I'm not sure how I missed this response, but thank you does not seem to suffice. Your acknowledgement of the demons myself and so many others with any type of mental illness fight each day is in itself one of the most empathetic and compassionate things anyone can do. Thank you for always digging deep into my poems and finding the main message & complimenting the way I explore and explain it through my poetry. You are an angel on so many levels, & that makes my cross much lighter to carry. God bless and much love...Meghan
Date: 12/20/2021 3:00:00 AM
We all have a cross to bear though I suppose for some the cross is heavier than others. May all our crosses be lighter in the coming year. Happy holidays, Meghan. John
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Meghan Hutchings
Date: 12/20/2021 7:52:00 PM
Thank you, John! I pray so very hard that you're right! I believe we could all use a lighter load this New Year! Happy Holidays, my friend! --Meghan
Date: 12/18/2021 12:16:00 PM
Great pen Meghan, really super imagery and insightful thought.So pleased to come across your pen on PS, have a blessed day. Happy Christmas from Scotland, Gordon
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Meghan Hutchings
Date: 12/19/2021 1:30:00 PM
Thank you so much, Gordon! You've touched my heart with your beautiful words. I rarely get feedback, so between you and Edward, I truly appreciate your response. I hope you also have a beautiful and blessed Christmas and New Year, new friend. God Bless!
Date: 12/5/2021 7:18:00 AM
Congratulations on your 2nd-place win in my contest with this fabulous, moving piece, Meghan:-) It packs a wallop!
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Meghan Hutchings
Date: 12/5/2021 6:22:00 PM
From the bottom of my heart, thank you! I am always humbled to sit among a podium of winners and impress the sponsor! Through this contest, you allowed me to write about mental illness, something I (and so many others) fight every day, yet most don't know of or see our struggle. Thanks again!