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Don't Forget Your Suitcase
by Barbara Kasey Smith

Wednesday, June 11, 2008
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Don't Forget Your Suitcase...

Don't forget your suitcase
I crammed it full of your lies and misgivings
stuck pictures of the "other woman" in your shirt
gave back the ring sealing our vows
put our marriage license in there as a reminder
placed Marie's and Brad's curls in a baggie.

Don't forget your suitcase
it's loaded with loving words I use to whisper to you
returned the Christmas gifts you gave me
wrapped our family portraits in your undershirt
tucked the lipstick handkerchief out of harm's way
slipped in those moments of marital bless too.

Don't forget your suitcase
it'll never darken this door again
it was a gift from you when I had our first child
take away the scars "still" hurting my heart and mind
there'll be "no" friendship but for children's sake
it's a heavy suitcase, I jam-packed my feelings inside.

Don't forget your suitcase
children tears lay on each piece of your clothing 
Brad wanted me to pack him inside to surprise you
left his questions "why" so you could respond to him
put in Marie's worries about "not" having a Dad 
there'll be "no" forgiveness after this suffering.

Don't forget your suitcase
I won't look in your eyes of deceit and shame
I'm taking back those years I dedicated to you
I've discarded your name like it is a cancer
disregarding the promises we made to each other
I will survive and live without you. 


Don't forget that dang suitcase!
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Reviewed by Tony Jenkins 9/5/2008

That's heavy.

Reviewed by Ronald Hull 6/22/2008
Well packed and full of meaning. I hope it is just a poem and not a part of your life. This scene is so common. Your approach is unique.

Reviewed by Sheila Roy 6/18/2008
Wow. There's no mistaking the message in this piece! What I love about this poem is the strong voice, empowered yet definitely hurt. This is the type of person who does move on to "survive" without the cheater. The strength behind this perspective shines! Well done. Love and Hugs.
Reviewed by Shedding Light 6/17/2008
If he forgets his suitcase after that, I'm sure it would be on purpose. What a way to end the irreconcilable differences. I bet he will never forget the way that ended. Very strong words.

Harold M. Nash
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 6/17/2008
AWESOME and BRILLIANT write. Barbara, this one is both sad and humorous!

Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 6/17/2008
This knocks me and rocks me, Barbara. It is searing in its intensity and depth of felt emotion. Very well done with the repetition of such a powerful and meaningful image. I can feel this to my inner core. Such pain is almost unbearable. I applaud you for being able to write of such enormous inner upheaval. This grabs hold of the reader and is unrelenting. Thank you for such an honest and upfront offering. You always tackle issues head on. The integrity of your work is unflinching. Bless you, Kate xx
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 6/16/2008
What a powerful symbol that suitcase is and all that it represents. A powerful and expressive piece, Barbara. Love and best wishes to you,

Reviewed by Susie McCray 6/15/2008
...and make sure you leave your keys on the way out even though the locks will be changed just in case you have another set.

Very nice poem. People never think that even just one wrong can destroy years of love and memories.
Reviewed by William Bonilla 6/14/2008
This Barbara
Is an oustanding piece
Love & peace be with you

Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 6/14/2008
Words from a woman scorned. Beautifully written.
Reviewed by Jon Willey 6/14/2008
Your suitcase I've packed with my heartache and pain. Take it with you, and return never again. An emotional piece so excellently written. Thanks for sharing Barbara. Walk among the flowers 'neath the golden rays of sunlight. JMW
Reviewed by Morning Star 6/13/2008
I love it Barbara
Excellent lyrics to a beautiful country song!
Powerful feelings and excellent visuals!!
Brilliant as always!!!
Peace Love and Light...Morning Star
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 6/13/2008
So very powerfully penned, Barbara, and so very sad as well.
Reviewed by John Leko 6/12/2008
...with excellence...this fine poetic write...makes its case...fills its case...and reminds one not to forget it...just in case.
strong expressive emotion so well penned Barbara...
Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle 6/12/2008
This is a very powerful and deep poem.I like how you use the suitcase as a way to push every painful moment in your life and move on to become a much better and stronger person.I love it

Reviewed by Christine Alwin 6/12/2008
That is one way to unload the pain,,, Pack it up for the one that caused it,,,,way to go,,,,,!
Reviewed by E T Waldron 6/12/2008
You pull no punches with this one Barbara! The anguish of such a situation passionately described! So sad!...ET
Reviewed by Bernice Lakota 6/12/2008
Very powerful, I can feel the pain and suffering, but how majestically you shoved the deceit out! Well done!
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 6/12/2008
Barbara, I love this...for one simple speaks honestly and truthfully. Excellent work.
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 6/12/2008
Filled with hurt ,and powerful emotion! They never seem to realize the price others pay for their transgressions....M
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 6/12/2008
Barbara, this is a meloncholy write but it shows someone ready to move forward without the "baggage". A wonderful write with great images.
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 6/12/2008
Reviewed by John E Boak 6/12/2008
Oh Boy! This is really powerful. Good on you! I take off my hat to women who can say I can't take anymore and send theman packing. I am a man who is against emotional, verbal and physical abuse against women and children, sometimes the damage that is inflicted even with emotional abuse becomes irreversible when it goes on for a long time...the woman loses herself dignity and becomes an empty shell, women are the best among God's creation, I can't see my life without my mom and the woman I love, so I believe that men should appreciate that. I know I do. If he forgets the suitcase throw the dang thing outside.
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 6/11/2008
Seems I have said those exact words once and it sure felt good when that suitcase was no longer around, well said, filled with much emotion....

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Gloria Gay 6/11/2008
The title of this poem tells a lot. It hurts to read of the dismemberment of what had once been a happy family. This poem tells all too well the heartbreak that was wrought by a careless act.
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 6/11/2008
ouch! nice honest expression!
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 6/11/2008
I agree with Brittany this would make a great country song, that is exactly what this reminded me of, not a bad thing though, because I love country music
God Bless
Reviewed by Ann Marquette 6/11/2008
Gosh this would be a great anti-greeting card for a woman to put in her ex-to-be's suitcase as she kicks him out :-)
Reviewed by Brittany Renée 6/11/2008
A great country song waiting to top the charts.
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 6/11/2008
Oh sweet Barbara, I certainly hope you throw away all baggage that you don't need. When packing, be sure to include some honey so that everything will be bitter sweet!
Amazing poetry, my dear woman, just amazing.
I have packed and left (five years now) after a 32 year marriage, and I have to say, I am having the best years of my life!!!!
To life after marriage!
Peace, love, and light,
Amber "V"
Reviewed by Gwendolyn Thomas Gath 6/11/2008

OOO bam this hit me almost dropped some tears, totally and hurtfully emotion. This is the best goodbye I've ever read, surely hope it is not true.

A true heart breaker, continued blessing dear Barbara,

Reviewed by Paul Berube 6/11/2008
Very powerfully written Barbara. Well done.
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 6/11/2008
Wonderfully done, Barbara. - Gene.

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