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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Light at the End of the Tunnel (01/23/14)

TITLE: Your Presence
By Emilie Hartmark
01/29/14


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If only they could see
what once was here
and what it's become.

There's a reason the pain no longer wins
and my hope no longer sways.
Where else could I get this strength?
How else could I get so brave?

I use to rely on everyone around me
when i knew no way else.
Each time i was left just as broken
yet in more need than I was before.
I was determined to find a way,
"this time I will be stronger," I'd say.
But when everything is different than it seemed
and the promises you trusted vanish -
What is left?

I could not comfort myself
when I deceived myself so cruelly
and I could not explain to others
what I hardly could explain to me

But the quiet presence that said
nothing at all
Was everything I needed.
It spoke louder than the words
that were too often heard
and softened my heart
when everything else hurt.


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Yvonne Blake 02/04/14
Wow! Very Powerful!
I especially like the last stanza. You said so much - without spelling it out.
Great writing!
CD Swanson 02/04/14
Beautifully done.

God bless~
Sara Harricharan 02/04/14
This was beautiful. I love the simplicity of it and especially how you managed to fit so much emotion into so few words. The last verse is really powerful.

Thank you so much for sharing this!
Sheldon Bass 02/05/14
Nice poem. Very subtle, yet a good message. We are left to ponder the "presence". Leaving that presence open to interpretation (who?) may satisfy more readers, yet for me, I would hope it to be more clear that it is God.

Good stuff though. Keep submitting entries!