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Different
by Rebecca S Russell

Thursday, October 04, 2012
Rated "G" by the Author.
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I ended this poem with an old word, "Selah," which means to reflect upon what has been written.


I've often wondered
How I came to be
So different
From the rest
Of my family.
In terms of philosophy,
We could not have differed
Any more
Had I created our characters
For one of my stories,
And being the oldest,
The only girl,
Was often the hardest part
Of growing up,
For how could I compete?
No,
In the words of a song
It's not easy being green,
And its taken me a lifetime
To make peace
Within myself,
To accept that
I am who,
And what,
I am,
To know that
I am
No less
A child of God
For all my difference,
And therefore beloved
In my own right!
So,
With a nod of thanks
To all those
Who have nurtured me
On this journey,
I finally face the future,
Embracing my individuality
With a glad
And hopeful heart,
Determined
To make my mark
In my own unique
And indomitable
Ways.
Selah!

 

 


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Reviewed by Ronald Hull 10/5/2012
The eldest is expected to do the most and usually does. My twin brother and I are both the eldest, but, because I am dominant, much has been expected from me. Philosophically I am diametrically opposite my siblings on many things. However, we have always been and remain, friends.

Ron
Reviewed by Darrell and Kathy Adams 10/4/2012
Rebecca, This poem spoke to me on a very personal level. I was adopted and very different from the other members of my family physically, mentally and emotionally. The loved me and I loved them and there was never a doubt of that, but I never fit in, always felt the difference, and interpreted it as "I am wrong" for so many years. Whatever the reason your feeling so different came from, I certainly understand the sense of being seperate, maybe in extra need of assurance, and I applaud your being able to embrace who you are so fully! I still struggle with it, but mostly, I also embrace the me. Congratulations on a well articulated topic of personal growth. Be well, Kathy
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 10/4/2012
I champion you in this, the making of your mark, Rebeca. Good luck always. I had to look up Selah, and still not sure what it means, seems to be a bit of confusion about the word. Message me if you will and give me your thoughts on it since you used it.
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