by Iva Lawson
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A woman's intuition and the rebound lover. Get it while you can!
You sought to share your body
And instead shared your soul. Hoping to
Keep hidden those things that would
Cause you pain. You never said it,
But I felt it anyway.
Knowing only part of you could be
A part of me, I kept my heart shrouded
In chatter. Chit-chat to mask feelings buried
Deeper than I ever wanted you to find. I never told you,
But I said it anyway.
You played only the cards you deemed
Necessary for me to see. Timing each
Play and counting along the way. Holding
The aces close to your heart, you never played them,
But I saw them anyway.
You loved me in small ways. A hero
That rescued me when the time was right.
Caring for me incognito. No white horse, no
Shining armor. You never told me you were a knight.
But the dragon was slain anyway.
You come to me for what is missing.
Giving it freely and with fervor, I hold
You longer, tighter, closer. Let me give
That which heals you. You never wanted me to love you.
But, I loved you anyway.
Now, demons nip at your heels. Vermin from
The depths of hell itself. Taunting you. Calling you a fool
And leaving your heart and soul in glassy shards
Scattered about my feet. I never stepped on them,
But they cut me anyway.
I will not walk away from you. I will not
Walk toward. You must slay the demons. Cast
Out the parasitic beasts that would claim you
For their own. Cleanse your soul and find personal
Treasures within. You may not want to go forward,
But you’ll do it anyway.
Find that vast ocean. Dive into the depths
Of passion you know await you. Stay clear of the
Rocky cliffs, for surely, they will crush your bones.
Seek out the foamy kiss of the surf. Dig
Your toes into the warm, sandy shore. Soak up
The sunshine. You never asked for my soul,
But you possessed it anyway.
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|Reviewed by Rosalyn Smith
|What a powerful write revealing so much..
|Reviewed by Sandra Mushi
|Wow, profound piece, Iva! I hope you have now made yourself at home at the Den. Karibu (welcome in Swahili).
God bless, Iva!
|Reviewed by Cathrine Hottran
|Reviewed by Iva Lawson
|Gosh! I feel so at home now. Thanks everyone. I've seen all of your names and your works as I've tiptoed in the shadows of the den for some time to peruse and get a feel for the place. I'm so glad I decided to hang out and play!|
|Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
Welcome to Author's Den; you're among friends here.
Multi-layered, strongly affecting, emotional debut. BRAVA!
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :)
|Reviewed by Ian Thorpe
|There is a lot of depth to this engaging piece Iva.
|Reviewed by Mr. Ed
|A truly powerful piece, Iva - and we welcome yet another fine poetess to Author's Den.|
|Reviewed by Henry Stevens
|Welcome Iva. Wow, what a poem to start with. I look forward to reading more. "Anyway" makes poetic use of a twist in each stanza ending with the title word, anyway. Very interesting. Henry|
|Reviewed by Paul Williams
|First of all let me welcome you to AD Iva, Thank you for posting this very emotive piece, excellent...looking forward to reading more of your work.
|Reviewed by Barbara Terry
|Iva this is a very beautiful, soul searching poem of love and daring. Also WELCOME to Authors Den, and I hope you stay around for a bit, like maybe a lifetime (giggles). You are a very good poet, and this one held me interest from the first line to the last. I have never known the love of a man, but now being engaged, I will find out, after we say "I do." May the Lord Jesus bless you, and be with you always, and at your side constantly. With much love in my heart, joy to the world, peace on earth, & (((HUGS))), Barbie
"If I have to...Then I may as well be."
|Reviewed by Regis Auffray
|Stronly emotive and meaningful. Welcome to the Den, Iva. Love and peace. Regis|
|Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen
|A powerful write Iva, welcome to the Den...
|Reviewed by jude forese
|very vivid images to this emotional poem ... luv how you end it ... welcome to the Den! ...
|Reviewed by L. Figgins
|We've all experienced this scenario, Iva. You think you have the upper hand and then boom, you fall for someone who's emotionally unavailable. Very well written. Welcome to the Den, from one small town girl to another!|
|Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader)
|Well, hell, a new kid on the block. And I feel that the block is all the better for it. I loved this. A couple of times I stuttered over a couple of lines but, hey!, that's just me. You have a cool way with words and hope to see more of you. Did I sday cool? Jeez!|
|Reviewed by Nordette Adams
|I have read this before, and it's just as good now as it was the first time, Iva. Most excellent! :-) ~~Nordette
PS: Welcome to AuthorsDen.