She's a Wild Child

Updated on July 9, 2018
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Shannon is a passionate individual whose feelings and thoughts tend spill onto the pages, often in the form of poetry and sometimes essays.

You're a wild child, stubborn and untamed

Always changing, yet somehow the same

Afraid to trust, afraid to love

Afraid to open up

What's the point of trying If you end up crying

There's no doubt about it

When it's too late to pull the reins and quit

Without your armor

You are forced to barter

Assuming your currency's the same

And everyone is game

Then comes the dreadful moment of truth

When there's nothing else left to lose

It's all already been placed upon the table

Has it all been real or just some silly fable

You took the chance, let down the walls

And tried like hell not to fear the fall

Now here you sit, still a little stunned

Even though you knew this day would come

Get back up and try again

Or keep it all reined in

The choice is yours alone

But you may never be well-known

So when you mend the broken fences

No matter what the expense is

Don't forget to leave the gate unbarred

Don't close off your heart

And remember you're not really stubborn

You just know what you want

This world has a way of shaking your faith

I've been broken again and again

But I need all the cracks in my shattered heart

'Cause that's where the love gets in

~Dierks Bentley, "Woman, Amen"

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      • shanmarie profile imageAUTHOR

        Shannon Henry 

        4 months ago from Texas

        Thanks, Reformed Eve! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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        Reformed Eve 

        4 months ago from USA

        I love this so much. I can definitely relate to it..

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        Shannon Henry 

        13 months ago from Texas

        Thanks, Brenda. I appreciate that.

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        13 months ago from Washington Court House

        I love this poem. I think we all go down this road in life.

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        Shannon Henry 

        18 months ago from Texas

        Thanks so much, Venus.

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        Venus Mary 

        18 months ago from Panamá

        Hi Shannon. Sensibility embodied in this beautiful poem.

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        Shannon Henry 

        19 months ago from Texas

        Thanks , Chitrangada! I think everyone has wild thoughts that are secret. I guess we all have a little romance in our souls, huh?

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        19 months ago from New Delhi, India

        Wonderful expressions with deep thoughts!

        Well honestly, I do have some wild, wild imaginations that nobody is aware of.

        Thanks for sharing!

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        Shannon Henry 

        20 months ago from Texas

        You can always dream, Dream On. Thanks so much for stopping by. I am glad that my poem could make you feel something.

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        DREAM ON 

        20 months ago

        Your poem triggered a lot of emotion and feelings. I would be the one to sneak out in the middle of the night and let all the wild horses free. Thinking that's where they belong roaming the prairie. I know I would get in so much trouble. Then again I couldn't stop myself either. I am doomed know matter what I do. I am so lucky I never grew up then and I can dream about the early days of the old west and write about it without paying the price. Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent. Have a nice night.

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        Shannon Henry 

        20 months ago from Texas

        Who says it's an either or question, Larry? LOL

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        Larry Rankin 

        20 months ago from Oklahoma

        To be wild or tamed?

        Love free my friend:-)

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        Shannon Henry 

        20 months ago from Texas

        Yes and no, manatita, to the introspective comment and I do agree with your second comment. Thanks for stopping by. Much appreciated. :)

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        20 months ago from london

        Reads like introspective poetry. Good to see your efforts, my dear Shannon. Carry on!

        We are wild horses, yes. We don't really know what we want, but we are seeking. That's healthy. Peace, my Friend.

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        Shannon Henry 

        20 months ago from Texas

        Thanks, Gypsy! Good to see you.

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        Gypsy Rose Lee 

        20 months ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

        Wonderful poetry. Loved this.

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        Shannon Henry 

        20 months ago from Texas

        I'm glad that you identify with it, Rinita. So do I, actually, but those lines took a couple tries to get the rhyme and rhythm I wanted and still say what I meant. Thanks for stopping by to read!

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        Rinita Sen 

        20 months ago

        "Without your armor

        You are forced to barter

        Assuming your currency's the same

        And everyone is game"

        Loved these lines, and identified with them. Extremely meaningful poetry!

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        Shannon Henry 

        20 months ago from Texas

        Very true, Eric. This poem started out as inspired by something and then went in a slightly different direction, I guess, pretty much from the start and then came back to my original thought at the end. But, hey, more to see that way, I suppose. LOL

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        Eric Dierker 

        20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        Wonderful. I love to study and learn. So quite often I enjoy failing for I learn more from that than winning.

        This is beautiful, thank you for sharing it.

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        Shannon Henry 

        20 months ago from Texas

        Thank you, Zulma. I appreciate that.

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        Shannon Henry 

        20 months ago from Texas

        I think I know which song you're thinking of, but it's literally about a wild child. It's called "Wild One". Thanks- now it's in my head. LOL.

        I am actually now thinking of the song Brooks & Dunn a d Reba did... "Cowgirls Don't Cry".

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        Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

        20 months ago from United Kingdom

        So much truth in these few words. You do good poetry.

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        Bill Holland 

        20 months ago from Olympia, WA

        This reminded me of Faith Hill's song...can't remember the name of it...anyway, get back up, never quit, always move forward...cliches, for sure, but they are at the heart of being human. :)

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        Shannon Henry 

        20 months ago from Texas

        Hi Threekeys,

        That song is a good one and the overall lyrics do not relate to my poem. However, that particular line of the song popped in my head and did seem to fit.

        Funny you should mention childhood longings like that. When I was a child I used to wonder what it would be like to have "adult" conversations. As if that would somehow be better or easier.... Different. Maybe I would be better understood. Of course, I found that is not necessarily so. More vocabulary, expanding wisdom and intelligence, BUT still often misunderstood on a basic level whenever I communicate in depth with some people.

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        Shannon Henry 

        20 months ago from Texas

        Escape? That's an option, too, Today. LOL. Always a good idea to have an escape route.

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        20 months ago

        "Life does have a way of shaking your faith".

        There is a price to pay.

        I used to believe that when one became an adult you could explore and be more of you. Well, yes, that can be so. If you have resources you can. Here you have more "free will" and " given leniency" by society. But if you need aid from society you forever have to bow your head, act only when given permission by those that have resources.

        Loved imagining I was one of the horses here in your poem;)

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        John Hansen 

        21 months ago from Queensland Australia

        A wonderful poem here, Shannon. It's always good to be a little wild but society always tries to reign us in. As your poem says, always leave the gate open, so can escape again if need be.

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        Shannon Henry 

        21 months ago from Texas

        Thank you, Dana.

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        Dana Tate 

        21 months ago from LOS ANGELES



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