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    still afraid

    I thought I saw you lurking in the shadows
    and I know I met your eyes in the hallway yesterday.
    That’s the second time this month that you have
    crept up from the past and frightened me.
    I try to tell myself that you have no power over me,
    you’ve grown old and weak,
    while I have gained an inner strength,
    but I wonder-
    I doubt.
    Then I tell myself that it’s not you at all
    It’s just a memory haunting me
    Those blue eyes were human
    That half grin lacked malice;
    or did it-
    Twenty years is a long time to hold my breath,
    a long time to be afraid.
    Even though you can’t hurt me now,
    you’ve seen what fear looks like in my eyes
    the way no other has.
    That is where your power lies,
    and why I still look over my shoulder.
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    Wow. And you think I've been busy. I like it, Kiddo. But it makes me wonder...
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    made me really want to look over my shoulder for a while, damn u had me scared! it's 2:22 in the morning and now i'm feeling spooky, sitting here all alone
    And mom, "week" will be "weak" in 6th line, if i'm not mistaken.
    Nice poem.
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    thanks symph! I fixed it.

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    I love this poem
    Very good!
    I sent my Soul through the Invisible,
    Some letter of that After-life to spell:
    And by and by my Soul return'd to me,
    And answer'd "I Myself am Heav'n and Hell :"


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    thank you, Lote! I was beginning to think that no one loved me anymore. I haven't been around a lot lately. But I had a little time this afternoon. It's over now though.

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    Scary poem, MotherH! I wonder if any man could have written that; if in fact there are certain types of menace that only women ever experience. Even if I didn't have a cherished daughter, daughters-in-law and several grand- daughters, I'd be spooked at how men and women live in different countries to som extent.
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    I had never thought about how different it was for a man in that way. I'm sure they have their own sack of rocks to drag around though. Thanks for responding Jerry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motherhubbard View Post
    Even though you canít hurt me now,
    youíve seen what fear looks like in my eyes
    the way no other has.
    That is where your power lies,
    and why I still look over my shoulder.

    A very haunting poem, motherhubbard. I think these lines say it all.

    I've been wondering where you've been. I for one have missed your contibutions here.

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    Thank you. I've missed you and everyone. I think that I think about lit net more when I'm not here than when I'm here and that really says a lot. I appreciate your comment.

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    Those old things
    creep up on us,
    creep us out,
    leave us feeling creepy,
    until they creep back out again.

    loved your poem MH
    I'm in love with The Vinegar Man and Mr. Tanner, but be careful, it could just as easily be you.

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    I do not know your inspiration for this poem, but it did remind me of all the family ties that bind me to this very day (and probably always will). Thank you for sharing this.

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    mother, as always you have taken the words strait off my heart. i wish i would have read this yesterday it would have been perfect. you capture your emotion and everything else in this poem...but it holds true to things so many people have experinced. what an amzing poem. ive missed you!!! welcome back!!!

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    Thanks Steph. You sure are a nice girl.

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    http://www.playbackstl.com/content/view/2417/162/

    check this out. Nothing scary.
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