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I Thought I Knew
by Jessica L.H. Stanfield
Saturday, June 14, 2003

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I Thought I Knew

I thought I knew
who I was,
until I realized
who I could be.

I thought I knew
how to fit in,
until I realized
that everyone else in the group
fit in simply by acting like themselves,
each bringing something unique
that makes the group itself unique.

I thought I knew
where I came from,
until I discovered
that part of me will always live there.

I thought I knew
who my friends were,
until one day,
I needed friends,
and no one was there to reach out to.

I thought I knew
what it was like to be poor,
until I lost something invaluable
that money can't buy back.

I though I knew
exactly how to win,
but I discovered that one must lose
a hell of a lot of times,
in order to truly appreciate the wins.

I thought I knew
how to fight my battles,
until I realized that sometimes,
it's best not to fight.

I thought I knew
what love was,
until I had children
and learned that true love,
in any sense of the phrase,
is unconditional and boundless.

I thought I knew
until I grew up,
and started thinking.

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Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 6/16/2003
This poem I really like Jessica. It kind of rings a bell, hello.

"I thought I knew
how to fight my battles
until I realized that sometimes
It's best not to fight"

This is so true. Only fight when absolutely necessary. Then try to avoid it then. GEM
Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 6/15/2003
FLow of wisdom and a very very true write...BHUWAN
Reviewed by Sara Nichols (Reader) 6/14/2003
WOW! This is an amazing write! As I read this, it reminded me of me about 2 years ago. Thank you for the reminiscing...~AnGuL
Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight* 6/14/2003
Words of Wisdom. Well done Jessica!

Reviewed by Zenith Elliott 6/14/2003
Growing can be a painful and sometimes traumatic experience. But without growth we will never learn. Very inciteful write!
Reviewed by Carolyn Red Bear (The Bear Paw) 6/14/2003
Yeah, and I wish I didn't know now what I knew then...or something like that... I like this... too bad we all have to grow up and learn how stupid we really are, huh? smiles
In Spirit,
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