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A Parting Gift
by Sherry Gail Heim

Monday, July 05, 2004
Rated "G" by the Author.
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It is sad and unfortunate the way that the addictions of one generation can go on to poison the lives of the generations that follow.

A Parting Gift



I thought I would die, the day we finally parted

Though, truth be known, your heart had gone cold

Long before I met you

In the wonderful days of lust, you allowed a spark

To kindle a small flame in your battered heart for a time

But when you needed to give more, when you needed to make a space for love

When you needed to trust, you recoiled and locked again the gates to your wounded soul


Your heart is empty, except for the darkness of fear

Which hides itself amid the cobwebs that it not be awakened

The light of love makes you cringe and shrink back into the basement

Of your childhood dreams where, perhaps for a moment, you recalled a gentle touch

But as the sunlight peeked through the windows striking at the darkness

Reality awakened you and the scars of your bitter memories

Began, once again, to bleed the blackened blood of disillusionment


Trust no one, and you shall not be disappointed

Give little and never take so you will not again feel the sting of loss

Remain solitary amid the crowd and damn those who befriend you

Live a life in anger and sorrow that the sun may never warm your soul

Shun your family who stood aside and watched as your young life was threatened

By the angry rages of an alcoholic father, who the little boy had mistakenly trusted

While he punished you for owning your motherís love


A lifetime later, you still live within the cage of an alcoholic childhood

Your home is a beautiful palace at the top of a hill, so close to heaven, yet

It, like you, is empty except for the external shell that you show the world

You judge your worth by the money you have made and your value by your possessions

Yet you have never found your soul amid your darkness

I loved you once; I thought in losing you, that a piece of myself would be lost as well

But on that bitter October day, when you would not look at me as I said goodbye


I realized that you were only releasing me to live my life in the sun


Sherry Gail Heim

July 5, 2004

Copyright © Sherry Gail Heim 2004






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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 7/19/2014
A most meaningful poem that awakens thoughts and emotions, Sherry. Most effectively compelling. Thank you for sharing. Love and best wishes to you,

Reviewed by J. Pajot 7/10/2004
Excellent narrative poetry...sad and deeply thought provoking.
Reviewed by Kevin Mc Crum (Reader) 7/9/2004
this must be cleansing, and well written too!
Reviewed by Mark Mahoney 7/6/2004
This is a heck of a stirring strong write that cuts straight to the very core,an amazing write that i can relate to on many many levels, very well done here Sherry,take good care...Mark xx
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 7/6/2004
Very powerful piece Sherry!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Thomas Lanechanger 7/6/2004
This was one an absolutely powerful piece of poetry, Sherry!!!Ö Excellent write!!!
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 7/6/2004
One of the most powerful and insightful poems I've ever read, Sherry. Exceptional and emotive work.
Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers 7/6/2004
Sherry, Absolutely if I hadn't known better I'd say you were writing about somebody I once knew.
That must be a very lonesome existence to have to live in. I too, could not help him, and he was gone long before I ever met him.
Awesome writing punched me right in gut...and that's when I know I've just read a great write! Lisa
Reviewed by John Bidwell 7/5/2004
Very powerful touching poetry.
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 7/5/2004
The ending touched me as truth touches the soul. We often do not recognize events as being our release until we feel the truth of the freedom given. Excellent write. This is an experience I have gone through these past few years.
Reviewed by Lady Peg (Reader) 7/5/2004
Excellent and emotional this one is so deep in the pain the epression of emotions the loss felt in your verses is overpowering..
Take Care Sherry...
Reviewed by Lori Moore 7/5/2004
This is an excellent write. Powerful description of a heart and wonderful expression of emotion. I love the ending. Great job.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 7/5/2004
Sherry an outstanding piece of work! At first I thought you were writing of someone I know;-)I'm so glad for you that you were able to overcome the darkness with the light. Many times we know what to do, but somehow can't find the will to execute it. I'm happy you did!
Blessings to Eileen
Reviewed by jude forese 7/5/2004
masterfully penned! i can't believe some of the similarities of my youth enscribed into this poem ...
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 7/5/2004
Living for money is not living, it is dying faster than ever...Rene & I had quite of bit of money for awhile, now we are dead broke, her living off of her family, and I working again, but I think we are closer now than ever...not sure this is exactly what happened with you Sherry, but still similarities do exist...Peace dear friend, Ed & Rufuz

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