Of Past Shadows

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 Thanks to those who figured me out but kept my secret anyway. I had rather stay hidden but for reasons brought to my attention today I felt it was best to put my name back. Missed so many of you

If ever you were concerned about something said regarding me all you had to do was ask ~FJ

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***a poem to those who knew me***

She had come to appreciate so many over the years
Of some she was especially fond; their words music to her ears
Their world was peaceful minus a few prettily painted trolls
But their numbers had grown; some deceived others eager moles

So many wars averted too many battles to try and remember 
At one time she didn't care; at least those close had her back
Then the lies became too bitter; too much to try and dismember 
She learned even some she'd stood behind fell for an attack

That was the shot, the hit that wounded her deeply
Not the lies, snubs, or poisoned ears of new ones who took side
So she let go. Paid a price some say came too steeply
She had to step back; leave in the night before innocents collide

She is grateful, though, that she can peek out from shadowed corners
Enjoying contact with those who, upon her leave, weren't exactly mourners
Appreciating that from her hidden vantage her name is no longer blurred
She watches those whom she adores rise above in deed and word

Though she sees an overall calm with the absence of some
And a good use of caution knowing the true character of others 
She stare at the quiet pages of the nobles; her heart solemn 
Missing the presence of her poetic sisters and brothers 

Of leaving her home world she has no regret
Time and anonymity needed to let old wounds heal
Her sadness lay with laureates she'll never forget
For their return she makes a fervent heartfelt appeal 


Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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Date: 4/20/2018 1:42:00 PM
Great poem, Flo! It was so much fun to read:-) I'm now discovering you, and you're truly gifted. Welcome back!
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Date: 4/21/2018 11:02:00 AM
Good morning Edward. Thank you very much :)
Date: 4/17/2018 10:05:00 AM
The one who is silent tells me you are one of the good guys, I can see from your presence you that <3. Stay forever :)
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Date: 4/17/2018 12:02:00 PM
Lol others would disagree; but I try to be Yazmin. Thank you Lady ;)
Date: 4/17/2018 12:07:00 AM
Although im not around much FJ, you have always been one of my favs to read here. You have also in my opinion been kind and supportive. It shows your good character and heart. I hope you are well. Blessing my friend, Carl
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Date: 4/17/2018 7:16:00 AM
Good morning Carl :) How have you been dear one? I have missed your kind heart. I came back to keep a promise I'd made but seeing ones like you added such a wonderful bright spot. Thank you for stopping here.
Date: 4/16/2018 5:15:00 AM
Finally...you are glowing as you should be, my dear. You know the strength of my love for you. I've been in a slump, but the best news is knowing that you are here and that I can count on you to bring more brilliance to my life again. Love you dearly, Flo....welcome back. I got your back! Always have, always will!
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Date: 4/16/2018 8:51:00 AM
Majesty there is naught in this world much that shines as bright as you!
Date: 4/16/2018 2:33:00 AM
I see a very talented poet that has risen above the fray. And that my friend is always a place to be if possible. As a young man I fought this world, tooth and nail, and its best not to fight. Bad people/trolls are never worth the effort my friend. Just keep on penning golden verses. A fav....
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Date: 4/16/2018 8:50:00 AM
No, they're not. Thank you Robert. I'm happy to see you've kept your mind rolling :)
Date: 4/14/2018 9:58:00 AM
Flo, I didn't know you; however, your words are powerful. I truly enjoyed your poem and from what I've read, hope you are able to forget those hurtful memories and start anew. Life is too short. :)
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Date: 4/14/2018 10:10:00 AM
Hey I'm glad to see you! I usually 'see' you all over the site but I hadn't in a few days; I was starting to worry about you! But thank you Tamara; and yes, starting fresh. I am "thick skinned" I'm told; but was taken off guard with the last issue. It won't happen again. I'm a fast learner when it comes to life ;)
Date: 4/12/2018 7:19:00 PM
So glad you have returned, FJ! I’ve always admired your powerful poetry and am sorry some have hurt you in the past...but now, to begin anew! :)
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Date: 4/13/2018 8:45:00 AM
Thank you so much Laura. It's the first comment I've read this morning and it gave me such a smile.
Date: 4/12/2018 1:27:00 PM
It is great to finally see you as the real you, Flo! Rest assured that many missed your presence on Soup. You have been supportive and kind, and people appreciate such traits. ~ Warm regards // paul
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Date: 4/12/2018 5:10:00 PM
Paul I've missed you you sweetheart! Thank you my friend.
Date: 4/12/2018 8:14:00 AM
As you can see Flo you have been missed. I also have missed you on face book. For me staying away from the Blogs I have avoided a lot of the drama and negativity. At times this place feels like high school but I’ve gotten to know a number of terrific people. You are one of the good ones.
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Date: 4/12/2018 8:35:00 AM
Rick I also learned that about blogs some time ago. With some though they didn't limit their foolishness to the blog area. I am grateful to be in your good graces Rick. Thank you
Date: 4/12/2018 8:07:00 AM
I have missed you and your poetry my dearest friend, F.J. Thomas. Is not a common phenomenon that someone comes out of the shadows bringing so much light! I keep sending you flowers!
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Date: 4/12/2018 8:32:00 AM
Thank you my dearest Demetrios. To be able to continue reading your words of wisdom, even from the shadows, was a privilege :)
Date: 4/12/2018 6:49:00 AM
All is well when a Shadow of the past turns out to be that shining light we all missed. Shine on Flo....g
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Date: 4/12/2018 7:13:00 AM
Well George you sure know how to make a woman smile! I see why Dee keeps you around! Wait... don't elaborate on that! Lol thank you George ;•p
Date: 4/12/2018 6:38:00 AM
Pleased to know you if I don't already. I don't need to know anything just knowing how cruel people can be is enough and knowing there are enough good people here for you to return to... if that makes any sense ;) welcome back! xomo
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Date: 4/12/2018 7:11:00 AM
Hi Maureen lol. Generally they don't bother me. Circumstances were a bit different that go round tho. Thanks so much Maureen!
Date: 4/12/2018 4:37:00 AM
Flo!, glad you came out of the shadows, Welcome back
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Date: 4/12/2018 7:08:00 AM
Lol thank you Joseph :)
Date: 4/11/2018 10:49:00 PM
I have always been partial to Narratives. Glad to have 'found' you again Flo.
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Date: 4/12/2018 7:07:00 AM
Good morning Rob. And thank you lol.
Date: 4/11/2018 1:02:00 PM
Flo my sister. So happy to see you :)
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Date: 4/13/2018 8:09:00 AM
I know big sister, I know :)
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Date: 4/11/2018 3:05:00 PM
I may have been gone but I still peeked in on a few of you :)
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Darren White
Date: 4/11/2018 2:53:00 PM
Ahhh. You do! So lovely :) Thank you.
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Date: 4/11/2018 1:49:00 PM
I know my Kalakeolelo, I own it :) And may I say I love how the cover feels!
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Darren White
Date: 4/11/2018 1:34:00 PM
I'm doing my best Ilhame :) my first book is out!
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Date: 4/11/2018 1:15:00 PM
Hello Kalakeolelo :) Have you been keeping up with your health?
Date: 4/11/2018 10:18:00 AM
Flo my love, who is this a-hole, I'll give him/her what fer!!! So so happy to see you back Miss Flo!!! Love and happy time, Happy Jack XOXOX
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Date: 4/12/2018 5:12:00 PM
Lolol crazy man!
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Date: 4/11/2018 3:09:00 PM
You just send a big wiggly down my spine!!! This is a new beginning... right!!! Lovsies, Happy Jack XOX
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Date: 4/11/2018 11:10:00 AM
Lol my beloved Happy Jack I have missed you so! Thank you Jack Ellison ;•*
Date: 4/11/2018 8:29:00 AM
"It is very true, Time is a healer, enfolding our soul in a shield is a protection and pouring out our ache into the beauty of words is the utmost joy! An amazing journey into one of your inner state.. Thank you for sharing FJ Thomas."
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Date: 4/11/2018 8:47:00 AM
Thank you again Besma. Your words are like a calming balm.
Date: 4/11/2018 8:23:00 AM
Our memory in states of serenity out pours bittersweet recollections which build and mark us in a way or another. A wonderful write that depicts our very life : joy and sorrow, beauty and ugliness, good and evil, peace and war.. The living soul is a cocoon of love, peace and beauty..
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Date: 4/11/2018 8:46:00 AM
Ah Besma what a beautiful comment. Poetry in itself.
Date: 4/11/2018 8:10:00 AM
So good to see you here. Even without your name your presence continued to be felt through your kind gifts. You are a kind soul and greatly appreciated.
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Date: 4/11/2018 8:44:00 AM
Lol I never admitted to anything. It's been nice getting to read your beautiful work again Rick. You truly have a gift.
Date: 4/11/2018 6:43:00 AM
I hope they come back as well. It's great to see you posting. Your talent shines along side your giving heart.
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Date: 4/11/2018 8:42:00 AM
Tim I really hope so. Thank you for still being here! :)
Date: 4/10/2018 9:09:00 PM
Welcome back FJ - so nice to see your 'Shadow' now coming into the light. I must admit I was puzzled about the Avatar - nice write, hope to see many more ...Maria
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Date: 4/11/2018 8:38:00 AM
Hello sweet Maria! Thank you for all your visits when I was just a "shadow" in the corner ;)
Date: 4/10/2018 2:52:00 PM
- Welcome to the light, søster :) ... beautiful writing :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 4/10/2018 2:57:00 PM
Lol thank you søster!
Date: 4/10/2018 2:36:00 PM
Hi FJ, You've penned such a heartfelt and sincere bio. I'm glad you came out from the shadows, I'm so sad I didn't make the connection. You're an awesome poet and lady:-) Alexis
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Date: 4/10/2018 2:54:00 PM
Thank you my dear Alexis. I was so very happy to see that you were still here :)
Date: 4/10/2018 1:59:00 PM
My wonderful friend Flo a brilliant bio poem written from your beautiful heart, I'm delighted you've finally come out of the shadows and I can sing your praises as a true friend and supporter to many on soup:-) -) adding this to my faves:-) hugs jan xx
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Date: 4/10/2018 2:51:00 PM
Hello Queen of Humor; Majesty of Smiles ...thank you Jan. So very much :)