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One Life

There have been those who said,
what a privileged life you have.
People only see what they want to see,
jealousy is a terrible thing.
Jealousy makes you ugly shades of green,
as you are totally consumed.
Where were you when I cried all night long,
only to find an alligator tear soaked pillow in the morning.
Where were you when we were married on thirty-five dollars,
no car~home or jobs.
I had no breakfast,
on Friday I would split a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch.
People have been meaner than I can write,
their words and actions with much delight.
I learned from two ladies,
they both had very similar lives.
Both should have been filled,
with hate.
One was,
it ruined her life.
The other lady,
kept love~happiness all around.
Hurt is a troubling thing,
life is filled with all kinds of hurt.
Some hurt you can see,
some hurt you cannot see.
Hurt is still hurt,
it fills one with pain~tears.
As for the second lady,
I also believe in love~happiness all around.
I love to give smiles out,
did you know they are Free???
I say~never judge a person on what you see,
you may find an alligator tear soaked pillow in their bed just like me.
Date Written: 4/20/2022
6 Place
Anything You Want - New Poems Only Poetry Contest
Sponsored by: Chantelle Anne Cooke

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Date: 8/4/2022 4:06:00 PM
it's a terrible thing 'jealousy', it eats a person inside out and leads to bullying, and abuse, which as we know, can and has killed people's dreams, their lives as well. Well written Paula. I love this one, very much, its message leads and is one of strength and love for others, despite who they are and their circumstances.
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Paula Goldsmith
Date: 8/4/2022 5:04:00 PM
Thank You, for reading/writing. Glad you love this write. Jealousy is a terrible thing and it can lead to many other not so nice things. I have never understood this. Have a great/blessed day......................
Date: 5/13/2022 6:47:00 AM
Love this Paula . Wise words and so true ! You choose to live with love all around you and give out free smiles . I am the same . Have a blessed days! Congratulations on your win ! Susan :)
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Paula Goldsmith
Date: 5/13/2022 11:58:00 AM
Thank You, for reading/writing and for your congratulations. It is an honor to have this win. Glad you love this "One Life" write. Have a great/blessed~day/weekend........................
Date: 5/9/2022 2:42:00 AM
Jealousy can, indeed, be terrible. Hurt indeed troubling. Like this poem. An eye-opener. Thank you, P.
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Paula Goldsmith
Date: 5/9/2022 9:01:00 AM
Thank You, for reading/writing. It is an honor to have this win. Glad you like this write. Have a great/blessed day..............
Date: 5/3/2022 4:50:00 PM
Dear Paula, your two ending lines beautifully sum up all “I say~never judge a person on what you see, you may find an alligator tear soaked pillow in their bed just like me.” Congratulations on your win. Love ~ Mala
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Paula Goldsmith
Date: 5/4/2022 8:43:00 AM
Thank You, for reading/writing and for your congratulations. It is an honor to have this win. Glad you like it. We never know what others are going through. Have a great/blessed~~day..............
Date: 4/28/2022 12:01:00 AM
Very well written. Congratulations on your win.
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Paula Goldsmith
Date: 4/29/2022 12:06:00 PM
Thank You, for reading/writing and for your congratulations. It is an honor to have this win with my "One Life" write. Glad you like it. Have a great/blessed~~day..............
Date: 4/26/2022 10:25:00 PM
Back to your poem with Congratulations on your meritorious win !
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Paula Goldsmith
Date: 4/27/2022 1:44:00 PM
Great to see you back. Again, Thank You, for reading/writing and for your congratulations. It is an honor to have this win with my "One Life" write. Have a great/blessed~~day..............
Date: 4/25/2022 9:43:00 AM
A well written creative chapter of life a smile is free, a happy word is free, helping an older person carry a packet is free, and all of it helps to make the world go around and seeing happy content faces doing something worthwhile instead of having something sarcastic or nasty to say, or or listen to or get involved in gossip. I enjoyed your poem Paula. Congrats on your win. Hugs and blessings, Jennifer.
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Paula Goldsmith
Date: 4/25/2022 10:06:00 AM
Thank You, for reading/writing and for your congratulations. It is an honor to have this win with my "One Life" write. Glad you enjoyed this one. Yes, smiles are free, so give them out. Make others happy. Have a great/blessed~~day/week..............
Date: 4/23/2022 11:22:00 AM
Paula, you penned such a wonderful poem. Congratulations on your well-deserved win.
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Paula Goldsmith
Date: 4/25/2022 9:18:00 AM
Thank You, for reading/writing and for your congratulations. It is an honor to have this win with my "One Life" write. Glad you like this write. Have a great/blessed~~day/week..............
Date: 4/23/2022 9:01:00 AM
"I say~never judge a person on what you see" - True. Beautiful. Congratulations!
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Paula Goldsmith
Date: 4/25/2022 9:05:00 AM
Thank You, for reading/writing and for your congratulations. It is an honor to have this win with my "One Life" write. I learned as a child, Do Not judge a child/person. If I had, I would have missed out on some great friends. Have a great/blessed~~day/week..............
Date: 4/23/2022 7:40:00 AM
Wow! You've beautifully portrayed the reality of life my dearest friend Paula living us, readers valuable words of wisdom. I love it so much. So true. To my fave. CONGRATULATIONS on your win and this amazing piece! Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful day and God bless you always. Hugs
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Paula Goldsmith
Date: 4/25/2022 9:02:00 AM
Thank You, for reading/writing, the kind words and for your congratulations. It is an honor to have this win with my "One Life" write. Glad you love this one. I see a WOW and a FAVE??? (Thank You) You made my day. Have a great/blessed~~day/week..............
Date: 4/22/2022 11:26:00 PM
"some hurt you cannot see," somlidevthe attitudes of judgment and envy. Great advice for every country, government, religion.
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Paula Goldsmith
Date: 4/25/2022 8:56:00 AM
Thank You, for reading/writing. Glad you like my "One Life" write. One cannot see hurt but one can feel the deep pain of hurt. Have a great/blessed day..............
Date: 4/22/2022 9:06:00 PM
WWow, this is so good, Paula, and extremely true, been there often myself. The 'Tall Poppy Syndrome' has destroyed so many good folk.
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Paula Goldsmith
Date: 4/25/2022 8:40:00 AM
Thank You, for reading/writing. Glad you like my "One Life" write. I never could understand jealousy and it is a bad thing. Have a great/blessed day..............
Date: 4/22/2022 3:59:00 PM
wow, this is really really nice. I was thinking maybe it was a narrative for the contest of Constance! Since it was about life. FAVE
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Paula Goldsmith
Date: 4/25/2022 8:37:00 AM
Thank You, for reading/writing. Glad you like my write. I see a FAVE??? You made my day wonderful. "Thanks" Have a great/blessed day..............
Date: 4/22/2022 2:51:00 AM
Unconditional love spares one from hurt and life is certainly more pleasant...Delice
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Paula Goldsmith
Date: 4/25/2022 8:36:00 AM
Thank You, for reading/writing. Unconditional love is very important. Hurt is still Hurt. We must forgive. Have a great/blessed day..............
Date: 4/21/2022 6:51:00 PM
Wow Paula this is a favorite for me. God bless you... Touching piece.
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Paula Goldsmith
Date: 4/25/2022 8:33:00 AM
Thank You, for reading/writing. Glad you like this write. I see a favorite??? You just made my day. "Thanks" Have a great/blessed day..............
Date: 4/21/2022 9:53:00 AM
Paula, I think your poem is quite wonderful," hurt is still hurt" and though we may forgive we never forget the hurt ~Constance
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Paula Goldsmith
Date: 4/25/2022 8:30:00 AM
Thank You, for reading/writing. Glad you like this write. Yes, Hurt is still Hurt. So true when you say, "we may forgive we never forget the hurt." We must forgive or it will eat one up. God says, to forgive. I have but the memories are still there. Have a great/blessed day..............
Date: 4/21/2022 5:31:00 AM
Each one will be having private pains. Through harsh and unkind words, some inflict greater pain, ruled by jealousy ! Jealousy leaves one uncomfortable and it makes other lives too miserable ! Well written dear Paula ! Be comforted, dear one... it is life !
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Paula Goldsmith
Date: 4/25/2022 8:26:00 AM
Thank You, for reading/writing. Life is filled with pain. Some seem to have less. Jealousy is a bad thing but guess that is part of life. Have a great/blessed day..............
Date: 4/20/2022 8:12:00 PM
Paula, Oh.., grilled cheese, so nice. 'One Life' makes me wonder on the other side of life, in another's shoes. -Richard
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Paula Goldsmith
Date: 4/25/2022 8:23:00 AM
Thank You, for reading/writing. On Thur we got paid. On Fri, my girlfriend and I would split a grilled cheese and the pickle. It was all we could afford. No breakfast. It did not kill us, it made us better. Have a great/blessed day..............
Date: 4/20/2022 6:49:00 PM
Jealousy removes us from this world. It's as plain as that... Happiness extends our days. Ole! :)
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Paula Goldsmith
Date: 4/25/2022 8:20:00 AM
Thank You, for reading/writing. Jealousy and this world go together. We need to think above. Have a great/blessed day..............
Date: 4/20/2022 4:37:00 PM
Your lovely poem sheds wisdom and light, Paula. Its positivity is indeed uplifting. Blessings, Evelyn
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Paula Goldsmith
Date: 4/25/2022 8:18:00 AM
Thank You, for reading/writing. Glad you love my Jealousy write. Have a great/blessed day..............
Date: 4/20/2022 11:08:00 AM
Sending you Free Smiles Paula!! A great poem full of wisdom here! Good luck in the contest and Happy Wednesday xxoo
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Paula Goldsmith
Date: 4/20/2022 1:15:00 PM
Thank You, for reading/writing and for your good luck. Yes, jealousy is a bad thing. As a kid, I thought it was a kid thing. Then I saw adults doing it. Guess they never grew up. "Happy Wednesday" to you. Have a great/blessed day..............
Date: 4/20/2022 10:51:00 AM
so very true. jealousy is such ugliness, keep shining, Paula!
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Date: 4/20/2022 12:58:00 PM
Thank You, for reading/writing. Yes, jealousy is a bad thing. As a kid, I thought it was a kid thing. Then I saw adults doing it. Guess they never grew up. Have a great/blessed day..............