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Separate Souls
by Dawn Anderson

Thursday, September 23, 2010
Rated "G" by the Author.
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I search your face for a sign of joy …

a spark… yet it’s rarely there, and I

wonder why you forever seem to live

your life in limbo.


When I ask, you seldom bother to reply,

except to say it’s how you’ve lived the

 major part of life.


This response often leaves me wounded and

stabs me to the core, until I realize, loving you,

does not make me a part of you.


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Reviewed by Amor Sabor 11/4/2010
The many faces of relationships and this one leaves me feeling sad as the response allows no room for healing and as if love had no effect regardless. Excellent work and imagery.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Russo 9/29/2010
It seems someone is unable to accept the love the narrator wishes to give (and receive, in return). One senses the sadness. ~Elizabeth
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 9/27/2010
Interesting piece, Dawn. I couldn't help but think of my grouchy hubby at first. Hugs,
Reviewed by Axilea MU 9/26/2010
There are two things that seem to walk hand in hand here: a sense of sadness and the sparkle of wisdom. A short piece that leaves the reader with a very clear impression of what is going on.

Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 9/26/2010
beautiful wisdom in the end-such a freeing realization!
Reviewed by David Maclellan 9/26/2010
The melancholy tone of your words suggests a longing for a deeper involvement in a relationship with love reflected short. I have been there and was not strong enough to bear the pain that indifference brings. A tragically sad piece Dawn, I can only hope it is not autobiographical.
Best wishes,
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 9/25/2010
They say there is no two people exactly the same, so I guess you are right Dawn, Separate Souls. Great write.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by J'nia Fowler 9/25/2010
Yes. To be enmeshed is unhealthy. We can only watch others' struggle if that is what they want to do. Well penned. Thank you, J'nia
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 9/25/2010
Spot on, but so well-conceived and expressed, dear Dawn. The pain lies in our feelngs of helplessness - what a woman's heart often cannot cope with! We long to be able to "cure-all" with our love - even if what we perceive to be "wounding" is just dispositional or temperamental - i.e. just not a problem to the person who experiences it. Very much admire the comparative brevity to convey such an often thorny issue. xx
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 9/25/2010
A personality has to be free to live, and the personality of the one who loves this person has to realize what you say in your last stanza. Unconditional love has to just has to, well.

Reviewed by Kenny Baez 9/24/2010
The theory is that women talk to bond with the other person and men talk to pass on information merely. There's a grain of truth here, as some guys seem totally devoid of the capacity to show tender feelings.
Reviewed by Andy Turner 9/24/2010
Brings to mind, Gibrans, The Prophet.
Wise and poignant. But no one should ever be captive.
It takes two to be so erudite.
Reviewed by Debby Rosenberg 9/24/2010
deep thoughts Dawn, when you feel like that remember life is the mirror and is showing what is lurking within your conscious and subconscious, then give those feelings to the holy spirit to deal with..less wounds, more love :)
Reviewed by Peter Schlosser (Reader) 9/24/2010
Detach with love, that's all we can do sometimes. Excellent piece.
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 9/24/2010
So true Dawn, we are all wrapped with an array of paper... What is inside? Only the one wrapped really knows, not even the one unwruapping knows...hmmm??? am I Great work as always~
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 9/24/2010
I can see that you have come a long way in understanding your relationship with him. It is a very wise and mature way of dealing with this..knowing and understanding that you can love each other under any type of circumstance. Yes, you are only responsible for your own joy and cannot really make anyone else see or feel this..they have to do the work themselves.

Love the ending, Dawn, impacting and real.

Peace, love and light,
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 9/24/2010
This is a fantastic poem. I understand this so well, how words and pure joy in life can fall flat against another's ears.
You have such a gift for the one who can't feel because your light, hence your life, will be like a glowing mist all around you.
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 9/24/2010
A meaningful write with a wise ending. Seperate minds, seperate souls, but shared lives... We are never a "complete" unit with anyone but God.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 9/24/2010
Man, oh man. The last two line. Excellent writing. Heartfelt and deep. Sadness reeks here. Almost painfully.
Reviewed by John Bidwell 9/24/2010
I felt so gripped by this, it can mean many things to different people. A real soulfull piece. Outstanding.

Reviewed by Liana Margiva 9/24/2010
'Until I realize, loving you, does not make me a part of you'--------I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by George Carroll 9/24/2010
To love and not be loved in return is a painful exercise in life.

Reviewed by John Flanagan 9/23/2010
Painful, Dawn,
to reach out and have no response, no reciprocity.


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