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Poetry Corner – Yet Still We Stand…

February 16, 2015

Begin to Dance

It’s been a very, very long time since I sat down and wrote a poem. Years, maybe. Which is odd, really, when I consider how I used to scribble notes on anything and everything I could find whenever inspiration struck (paper napkins, anyone?)

It’s not that I haven’t wanted to write, more that my heart just hasn’t been in the right place to open up and feel what it needed to. I guess that denying emotions in order to try and survive is not only bad for our health, but also bad for our creativity!!

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ll know that I don’t usually have any problems expressing myself, but poetry takes that expression to a whole new level. It seeks out the essence of life and gives it a life of its own. Poetry is so powerful and I have truly missed being a part of such a creative expression.

I used to say that if the first few lines didn’t just pop into my head with ease, there was no point in writing it down. That’s not to say that writing poetry doesn’t require thought and persistence to hone what you are trying to say into a poem that touches the heart of another, because it does! But if it doesn’t flow freely then I don’t think it is the right topic for you to be writing about in that moment. If you don’t feel it, how do you expect others to?

The poem I am sharing today came to me as I was making a drink in the kitchen. By the time I had made it to my notebook, the idea had changed form, but it was still there. As I wrote, it continued to change form and I didn’t really know where I was going with it. But it felt good to write, and I am really happy with the end result.

Yet Still We Stand

On the brink of destruction, the edge of despair
Dreams shattered and stolen, like nobody cares
Promises broken, in the blink of an eye
Leaving nothing but darkness: no light, no guide
And yet, still we stand.

The dreams of the past are but shadows once lost
We cling tight, out of fear, we question the cost
Battered and torn, we don’t know where to turn
Our hearts are left wanting, afraid they may burn
And yet, still we stand.

A moment in silence, together, alone
Our hearts thumping deeper, we’re shook to the bone
But out of that moment, a glimmer shakes free
The darkest of moments sometimes make us see
And so, we stand.

Broken and torn, there is nowhere to hide
Yet there’s nothing to hide from, that part of us died
A new way – a true way – of living is born
Out of the habits and masks we once wore
And now, we stand.

Rebuilding our hearts, remodelling our lives
Sometimes it’s like we can’t believe our own eyes
But out of the brink of destruction we came
Ready to embrace our lives once again
And we begin to dance…


Today’s post has been posted in the “Share the Joy” Linky hosted by Bod For Tea. I love this linky, if you haven’t found it already, take a look! I’m sharing this post, because rediscovering my love of poetry has really brought me a lot of joy this week!

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  • Reply
    February 16, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    Lovely heartfelt poem – I really enjoyed reading it.
    I used to write a lot of poetry but stopped long ago, I’m not sure why really – lovely to discover something that brings you joy that has been long forgotten.

    • Reply
      February 16, 2015 at 6:44 pm

      Hi and thanks for popping by! It is indeed wonderful to find joy in something you had forgotten… And like you I’m not even sure why I stopped! If you start writing again, do let me know so I can pop by and have a read x

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    Renee @ Mummy Tries
    February 16, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Wow really powerful words Amanda, you’ve written a beautiful poem here 🙂

    • Reply
      February 17, 2015 at 11:27 am

      Thanks for popping over Renee!

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    February 17, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Wow…so beautiful and touching…. thank you so much for sharing it!



    • Reply
      February 17, 2015 at 11:27 am

      Thank you sweetie… seems very poignant as yesterday several things fell through, but we’re still standing 🙂

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    February 17, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Had you asked me before I read this post if I liked poetry, I’d’ve said it wasn’t my thing. However I think I may’ve been hasty with my response as I enjoyed reading this and wasn’t transported back to my English Literature lessons of the early 80s! #sharethejoy

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    Michelle Reeves (bodfortea)
    February 18, 2015 at 6:43 am

    What a powerful poem Amanda, full of emotion. I love the refrain at the end of each stanza which brings us back to still standing and then follows into dancing at the end. I’m a big fan of poetry and haven’t dabbled myself for a while (other than a dodgy Valentine’s poem recently!) but you’ve made me want to flex my creative muscles again. I’m glad that writing this brought you joy!

    Thanks so much for linking up again at #sharethejoy x

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