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The Burdened Woman

 Cry, scream, break something ...then breathe. Speak your pain even if you feel there's no one to hear you in the emptiness. But think with a calm heart before doing anything.

Thinking about the condemning of a woman in the 
news for up and leaving her husband and older 
teenage children...


Growing up alone was not difficult comparison.  
You don't speak of things that happened in that house.

Knowing what neighbors and even family have said 
despite your innocence stops hurting long before you 

You learned to live with the fact that you'll be judged 
and sentenced based on the decisions and mistakes 
of the one to whom you've been bound.

You understand, though sometimes in shock, that 
you've given your entire soul, your very breath to others. 
Others who will show no appreciation for the life you
have surrendered.

Then after decades of giving, trying to understand why 
you can no longer hold your head up, it becomes clear.

...what's killing you, what's maddening, is being 
surrounded by people who've no understanding of you 
or what you have sacrificed and realizing how truly 
lonely you are; while never being able to have a 
moments peace.

Never think you are alone
                                                     ~FJ Thomas 

Copyright © FJ Thomas | Year Posted 2017


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  1. Date: 2/24/2017 4:17:00 AM

    A very deep and rousing verse, FJ, that cuts to the core. Well penned. T.J
  1. Date: 2/22/2017 11:13:00 AM

    ". . . no appreciation for the life you have surrendered." Ah, now that's a line that packs a punch, as does all the rest of the poem. Powerful writing, outpouring with controlled emotion. Well done. John
  1. Date: 2/5/2017 3:14:00 AM

    This is an excellent poem, Flo. Unfortunately people pass judgment without having seen both sides of the coin, and even that is not going to provide the full picture. It is the victims who suffer most because they are in the right...may they find others who are ready to support them with love and understanding. ~ Warm regards // paul
  1. Date: 2/4/2017 11:16:00 AM

    Ohhh... my.... Ukhti... I so understand and can relate to every word. It hurts in the center of my being. How well did you describe this. :( hugggsss
  1. Date: 1/30/2017 9:36:00 AM

    My fear is when the external condemnation turns to internal condemnation! I am reminded of the scripture where the speck in the eye was criticized!.... Flo, you write as tho you have lived this and I am overwhelmed ! A new fav and my admiration! Chuck
  1. Date: 1/28/2017 4:12:00 AM

    Wow so glad to be reading your poetry, and to me this is a mission statement to loneliness, due to those around taking everything and one for visualise the poem so well,truly awesome..
  1. Date: 1/25/2017 5:27:00 PM

    There's not enough room to detail my mixed emotions about this write. I will say I see two sides of this argument. One side, I don't care what people think. The other side, The loneliness makes me sad. I read it a couple of times, Flo. Very stirring write. Just not enough room to explain.
  1. Date: 1/25/2017 2:29:00 PM

    Really a great poem with much insight of truth.Bravo!
  1. Date: 1/25/2017 1:48:00 PM

    Such a deep and truthful piece of writing FJ. No one knows, especially those who feel it is their business to criticize. It is not our place to judge. Your opening to this was fantastic and such great advice. Angry is no way to address a situation, toss some dishes and get it out so you can think straight when confronting the situation. I loved every thing about this, though I fear I didn't express myself properly in this comment.