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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Bold (emotionally) (08/30/07)

TITLE: Facing The Pain
By Laurie Glass
09/03/07


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Below the surface I can often feel
The sadness welling up, about to burst.
I numb myself to it as Iím afraid
To let it out, that Iíd feel even worse.

I bury feelings deep within my heart.
Afraid to let them loose, what would I do
If rising pain came up and drown my soul?
I donít know how Iíd ever make it through.

And yet by keeping evírything inside,
Iím trapped, held hostage by my unshed tears.
This isnít living, feeling like I do.
Can I be bold enough to face my fears?

Iíve heard the opposite of fear is faith.
Perhaps itís time to let it all give way.
I trust in God, that He wonít let me down.
Iíll feel the fear, but do it anyway.

As I release the dam, a flood of tears
Comes gushing forth, Iím nearly washed away.
And yet Godís hand is there to rescue me
To reach inside and hold my fears at bay.

To feel the pain that Iíve been holding in
Takes courage like Iíve never ever known.
Among the hardest things Iíve ever done,
And I could never face it all alone.

Although Iím overwhelmed by all I feel,
I will commit to working through the pain.
For itís the only way to truly heal.
I will find freedom past the teary rain.


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Dee Yoder 09/06/07
"Freedom past the teary rain". I held on to that hope, too, in the weeks and months following the death of my husband. There IS a freedom when you feel you can take a breath again and not be tormented by past pain. Some vivid and descriptive phrases through out this poem. You brought many word pictures alive in this poem.
Janice Cartwright09/07/07
I think our subconscious produces numbness as an alternative to pain. The problem is that numbness begins to spread to all of life until we are unable to feel anything at all. In the Lord's presence is a safe place to let it out and hopefully also among His body of true believers. Relationship is how it started in Genesis and relationship is still what its all about.
Verna Cole Mitchell 09/08/07
"I'll feel the fear but do it anyway" was my favorite line in this inspirational poem.
Linda Watson Owen09/08/07
Rarely does a poem reflect this much inner reality and unmasked anguish. So well done! You've presented the depth of pain yet offered the healing element of hope. There's soemthing about the second stanza that really stays with me...that image is especially gripping for me. Thank you, dear poet, for this sensitive entry.
Carol Penhorwood 11/23/09
Absolutely love the transparency here...it brings the healing!