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Not Condemned

Kari enjoys writing poetry. There is a certain freedom in poetry because you don't always have to follow the rules.

I will still love you.

I will still love you.

I'm so hurt.

The pain won't empty.

You love him more than me,

. . . more than me.

I thought you loved me

With a love renowned.

I trusted you, even after

you let me down.

You are worried

You will be condemned

For your beliefs.

I can't condemn you, friend.

I still love you

But I'm hurt.

The pain only grew

Emptiness I could not avert.

A cave-in of my heart

Sucking the air

Out of my chest.

Leaving despair.

But, I will honor you

Though it causes me pain.

Love you and care for you

again and again.

© 2020 Kari Poulsen


Shannon Henry from Texas on October 04, 2020:

Beautiful and bittersweet. Sometimes condemnation is easier, but it isn't always for the best.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 03, 2020:


This is deep & heartfelt.

Sometimes others do care but they fear the notion of others knowing the truth.

It is a hard place to be in but you really want someone who is not afraid to shout from the rooftops and exclaim their love.

Sending you hugs to remove the pain.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on October 03, 2020:

Very good poetry with a lot of emotion. I can interpret it several ways, but I really thought it was about actions, not thoughts. But after reading your comment to Flourish, it does make me wonder. I have friends, including my best friend, who has views different from mine, and I don't consider myself betrayed.

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on October 03, 2020:

Thanks, FlourishAnyway. I wrote this after I discovered my good friend supported views I abhor. It was while I was still in shock. But, I'm not going to stop loving them just because their opinions differ from mine.

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 02, 2020:

Above all else honor yourself and let toxic people go.

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on October 02, 2020:

Thank you Pamela! I was trying for more of a betrayal feeling.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 02, 2020:

It sounds like you have been hurt and are in emotional pain. The poem is good but it does take time to get over someon hurting you.

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on October 02, 2020:

Thanks Eric, I'm glad it makes you think! Let me know what happens.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 02, 2020:

I do not know how this makes me feel. I think that is really good. I shall contemplate on this.

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