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My poem for the contest themed, "Understanding":

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  • My poem for the contest themed, "Understanding":

    By Angela Guthrie Hatcher

    Can you fathom such a piercing
    It reaches the marrow of your bones
    An enigma, incredible and unrelenting
    The misery, I wish, remained unknown

    Could I, but ask you to imagine
    What has ripped my world apart
    Like sharp talons on a dragon
    Raced this dagger through mine heart

    Perhaps, if I could paint a picture
    Of my soul, still bleeding out
    Upon your thoughts, an ugly fixture
    What these roarings are about

    A darkness invades, echoing along...
    Everything went so drastically wrong...

    I am lost for truest explanation
    Bound to bear the curse, undone
    Unless, by cutting revelation
    You've come to feel it as your own

    My will is broken, my spirit is crushed
    By moves one made without discernment
    Words left, unspoken into desire, rushed
    May never fully claim atonement

    I believed a lie---how much it costs me
    For to another's arms, he ran
    And oh, the edge on his adulteries
    Dost now, my wounds, thou understand?

    No, I am not this strong...