And So It Begins

You don’t have to say anything
I know it’s me
I’ve been hiding it
I have been denying it

All of the emotional damage
You can’t see
Always so put together
And appearing to be happy

But underneath the make-up
Are scars from the break-ups
My favorite perfume
Hides the scent of self-inflicted wounds

I have a lot of baggage
Been holding on to it so tight
Wearing it, carrying it
Like splinters of the true cross

Always burning the candle at both ends
Trying to live in the present
While being haunted
By past lovers and friends

I take my pain one piece at a time
I build a pyre
The deeper I dig
The bigger the fire

Seconds turn to hours, months and years
Sifting thru the heart ache, feelings and tears
Ego, anger, the denial, don’t want to hear it
All powerful attacks on my spirit

And so it begins
The work, the purging
I feel lighter, almost reborn
A new version of me is emerging

About this poem

This poem is about reflection and letting go of the past.

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Written on January 30, 2023

Submitted by lisacampbell29 on January 30, 2023

Modified by lisacampbell29 on January 30, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 900
Words 177
Stanzas 8
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

Lisa Campbell

I am 56 years old. I love to write poems, short stories and lyrics. more…

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  • Symmetry58
    This is exactly the type of poetry I love to read and write. Self-reflection, for as dysfunctional as we can all get, is a great motivator for the creation of art. Man, talk about an irony, eh? LoL This is amazing work, Lisa. Absolutely love it. 
    LikeReply 11 year ago
    • lisacampbell29
      Thank you so much for your kind words. I agree, dysfunction is a great motivator for the arts. Very ironic indeed! Glad you like this poem. Really appreciate your comments. Take care, Lisa
      LikeReply 11 year ago
  • Teril
    I can feel you doing the work. This poem describes the process clearly. You have such insight!
    LikeReply 11 year ago
    • lisacampbell29
      Thank you for reading this poem. I Really appreciate your comments! Best, Lisa
      LikeReply1 year ago


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