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This one bounced around in my head for more than ten years. Iím so glad those days are long behind meÖ



salt of tears in my mouth

I could hold them back no longer

dreaming of a moment
a time when I am stronger


that was not my last breath

perhaps it was my first

nearly drowned that day

but swam through the worst


I won’t soon forget

despite everything I’ve tried
to bottle up the sadness

and lock it deep inside



I’ve stitched the wound

but I often touch the scar

mostly from a distance

sometimes not that far


I struggle with the memories

and fight my greatest fears

but time is my ally

there’s freedom in the years










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Reviewed by Charlie 4/14/2010
This stanza popped out at me: "Yes

Iíve stitched the wound

but I often touch the scar

mostly from a distance

sometimes not that far"

Deep. --Charlie
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 11/22/2009
I have been told many times that time heals all wounds; I have not found this to be true. I relate to much of what you've expressed within your verses here, William. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 9/22/2008
This is wonderful because it starts out somewhat negative and dark, then takes an upswing. I especially like these lines, "Iíve stitched the wound but I often touch the scar mostly from a distance sometimes not that far." Those lines say much, especially about the healing process. Well written, William.

Reviewed by Axilea MU 9/15/2008
This poem conveys the feeling of sadness without bitterness.
It has a soft and lovely flow.

Reviewed by Cryssa C 9/13/2008
I love the gentleness of this piece. I think that sad and painful memories are like that...the wound is healed, but sometimes we touch the scar...and the last stanza says it all and completes the poem perfectly.

Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 9/13/2008
Wonderful writing sweet man..have a wonderful and safe day OK...Hugs
Reviewed by Valerie Roeske 9/13/2008
You've weaved beauty within these words, Great read, Take care Blessing's Valerie
Reviewed by E T Waldron 9/12/2008
beautifully written poem of how you found the strength you
needed to get through the years,unafraid to shed some tears...ET
Reviewed by Connie Faust 9/12/2008
Very nice! Probably most of us could identify with touching the scar. I admire the way you are striving to find complete healing.

Reviewed by Flying Fox Ted L Glines 9/12/2008
Well executed, William! Really cool, the way you brought it from "No" to "Yes" - and there certainly is "freedom in the years" for all of us.

Note: I have just received "Dark Muse" and am already on page 68, and am starting a review as I go. Fascinating and utterly unique read so far. You do nice work my friend :-)

Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle 9/12/2008
This is a pretty good poem.The first line of your poem really says it all.I enjoy reading it,take care

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