by John Stevens

She was crying
The mistakes of the past
were weighing heavy
on her heart.

“Why do I always pick
the same kind of guy…
Over and over and over.”

“I thought this guy was different.
On the surface he was really nice.
We liked the same things and……
I believed him!”

“Underneath he was a RAT!”

“Will I ever find someone who will
love me for who I am NOW….
not what I WAS in the past?”

It was a question for which
I had no answer.

She is a beautiful young lady
who has climbed out of the
pit-of-the-past in the five years
I have known her.

Her brown eyes have changed
from a hard look of years of
drugs and abuse,
to a most wonderful softness.

The softness comes from being
set free, forgiven, of her past life.
Unfortunately, people aren’t
very forgiving and are
users and abusers.

As I looked into her eyes
I saw her heart and
God’s love shining through.

Sometimes the fog of deception
can cloud our judgment when
the people we have come to trust
lets us down… become RATS!

Maybe just being there will help.
She could be my daughter…
This poem is a work in progress
as most of US are as we Journey
through life.

New chapters will be written…
Maybe there is an answer to the question.

(c) 12-06-2010

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One Comment to “Just Being There”

  1. admin says:

    Ftpm Hello Poetry
    Neva Flores Dec 6, 2010
    Dear God John, this one tore at my heart strings………….very close to home.

    John Stevens Dec 6, 2010
    I had “just being there” on a scrap on paper that I pulled out of my pocket. Can’t remember what I was going to do with it. This just rolled out onto the paper. She has been on my mind. It hurts to see her hurting so. Sorry it landed so close. If you were closer i would hug you too.
    Camille Frick Dec 6, 2010
    Incredibly touching

    John Stevens Dec 6, 2010
    I appreciate it Camille.
    Tracey Dec 6, 2010
    Very true…

    John Stevens Dec 6, 2010
    Yes it is
    Louis Brown Dec 6, 2010
    John, It was easy to read and had a lot to say, too.
    Good write!

    John Stevens Dec 6, 2010
    Thanks Louis
    Jennifer Humphrey Dec 7, 2010

    Again you have written something that all of us can take a piece with us. Thanks for sharing.


    John Stevens Dec 7, 2010
    It was a moment in time which I will expand into many more moments. Thanks Jen
    JT-TJ Dec 7, 2010
    Another beautiful poem John, something many of us can relate to regardless of weather we’re a man or a woman.

    John Stevens Dec 7, 2010
    Thanks JT. It works both ways doesn’t it
    louis rams Dec 7, 2010
    one of the crossroads that we must travel to find

    John Stevens Dec 7, 2010
    Seems so
    Ms Ramirez Dec 8, 2010
    Just being there….that’s everything, trust me. THank you for this enlightening write.

    John Stevens Dec 9, 2010
    You are very welcome and thank you for reading Ms R.
    raen Dec 13, 2010
    Hi John :) I really found this moving — how sad indeed that some people aren’t given second chances– but you are a wonderful soul to see that light in her eyes– this is just beautiful and real– looking forward to the other chapters…

    John Stevens Dec 13, 2010
    There will be more. She holds a special place in my heart.

    Rhea Jan 4
    lucky she :) me waiting to read moreeeeeeeeeee :)

    John Stevens Jan 4
    Thursday night, she came over to my table, I stood up and received the hardest, longest hug I have had in several years. With tears in her eyes, she thanked me again for being there. It doesn’t get any better than that. I ask how she was doing. “I am doing better”.

    I decided to post a previous piece:

    Let me know if it is OK. It goes with the other piece.

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