The Windows to My Soul: A Poem

Updated on June 4, 2018
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Dana Tate has been painting pictures with words from childhood. She has a passion for life and a heart for romance.

A smile will paint a pretty picture but it's through the eyes that you will enter into a persons soul.

If you looked into my eyes I wonder if you could see.

History unfold from the depth of my soul, Like an ocean the bottom runs deep.

If you took a piece of my heart, I wonder if you could feel.

The pain that burns right through me when the one that I trusted has made a fool of me.

And if you walked a day in my shoes, do you think you can stand the weight?

Will you think I'm in really bad shape?

Or will you crumble from the pressure and break?

There's much more to me than what your eyes can see.

A smile is not always what it appears to be.

The heart holds the secrets of stories untold, but the eyes are the windows to a persons soul.

But will you also see a strong woman- A survivor!

A woman knocked down, but then got back up fighting!

Overcoming every obstacle this life throws at me.

Oh, there's so much more to me than what your eyes can see.

I've been through some things and persevered every time!

With a strong determination and stronger will to survive!

But those things you wouldn't see if you just judged me by my smile.

Those are things you'd only see if you looked deep into my eyes.

Be in tuned to your inner strength.

1 Peter 4:12 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you.


In this world we have and will always have challenges, however, it's during our trials and tribulations that we discover our inner strength; strength that pulls us through our difficulties and teaches us to be strong. Nothing is more powerful than a person who has overcome through perseverance and has learned to be a strong, confident, person in the process.

Tough times teach us patience, endurance, and builds character. Sometimes it's a way for us to stop and take a deeper look into ourselves and urge us to get our life in order. Never allow your circumstances to define you, for you are not defined by your challenges, but refined because of them. For those of you who went through something and chose not to be a victim, but victorious, this poem is for you.


Why do so many people have low self-esteem?

The root of low self-esteem comes from depending on others to make us happy. Do you agree?

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      • Dana Tate profile imageAUTHOR

        Dana Tate 

        2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

        Kristen Howe. Thank you so much for enjoying my hub and leaving such a thoughtful comment.

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        Dana Tate 

        2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

        Thank you Shyron E. Shenko. This poem is one of my favorite pieces. I feel this was the beginning of me understanding myself.

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        Kristen Howe 

        2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

        Dana, your poetry was beautiful and moving that went along with the inspirational devotional and the scripture on how to make our life so much better without heartache and pain. Well done!

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        Shyron E Shenko 

        2 years ago from Texas

        Dear Dana, this is beautiful, I especially like the statement "Taking on a "victim" mentality hinders you and stops you from growing spiritually.

        Blessings and hugs

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        Dana Tate 

        2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

        Dear Missy, I also sense we are kindred souls. We feel deeply and love completely. Pain just makes us stronger. I always say, if you haven't been through anything, you haven't lived long enough. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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        Missy Smith 

        3 years ago from Florida

        I always felt we were alike in some way Dana. And when I read this, I felt more connected to you than ever. This is exactly how I feel and think. Everything you said in the first section, is so me, is how I have felt and do feel. I can tell you are an observant like me, and would indeed be able to see the truth in someone's eyes. Your words and thoughts are beautiful.

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        Dana Tate 

        3 years ago from LOS ANGELES

        How right you are melissae 1963. We need other's to support and encourage us. However it's important to remember, if no one else does we must encourage ourselves. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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        Melissa Reese Etheridge 

        3 years ago from Tennessee, United States

        We all know what it is to feel defeated. It is important that we keep focused and not give into defeat.

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        Dana Tate 

        3 years ago from LOS ANGELES

        PegCole: Thank you for commenting and reading. Yes, some people will allow their circumstances to hinder them. However it's during our trials that our true character is shaped. Yes, as you have stated the key to our survival is how we respond to those things that try to break us.

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        Peg Cole 

        3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

        Beautifully expressed. I really like the statement you made, "Never allow your circumstances to define you". I truly believe that is the key to survival. It's not what happens to us that defines us, rather, it is the way we respond to things.

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        Dana Tate 

        4 years ago from LOS ANGELES

        Thank you Mel Carriere: It's funny you say that because I always have people come up to me and say "smile" too. And my thinking is "what makes you think that I am unhappy because I'm not smiling. In fact, why do I have to walk around with a goofy smile if I don't want too. Thanks for your visit and comment.

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        Mel Carriere 

        4 years ago from San Diego California

        I don't know why people think we have to smile all the time. Sometimes when I am feeling perfectly at peace someone will come up to me and shout at me to "Smile!" This then makes me wonder and sort of ruins my moment of serenity. Some people disguise their angst, anger and sometimes venom behind a smile, which is why I don't always trust "smiley" people. Then again I have met truly wonderful people who smile constantly, but these are the exception. Great hub!

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        Dana Tate 

        4 years ago from LOS ANGELES

        Thank you Joedolphin88; You hit the understanding of this poem right on the head.

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        Joe 

        4 years ago from north miami FL

        Wow, so very deep, the idea that a smile may be a decoy to the true feelings is really a powerful concept. The eyes may show so much more then we can see with a defense mechanism through a smile. Truly an excellent poem.

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        Dana Tate 

        4 years ago from LOS ANGELES

        Thank you my dear Harishprasad: This poem was inspired by my understanding of myself. which is, I am way more than what people perceive me to be. People will always have perceptions of you, but no one knows the depths of the heart except God.

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        Harish Mamgain 

        4 years ago from New Delhi , India

        Dana, this one is excellent and very inspiring ! The beauty of our existence and our inner world cannot be explained to us even by the most perfect scientist and the most accomplished & enlightened saint. We ourselves are not able to explained it either. Only the One Absolute is said to be the privy to all our secrets and is the real Knower of all. Yes, smile is full of deception and eyes are great and tell a lot. Loved this very fantastic and thought provoking poem. Voted up, sure. All peace.

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        Dana Tate 

        5 years ago from LOS ANGELES

        Thank you chocolate this is one of my favorite pieces because it speaks of the beauty of strength. We live in a time when people see you as either strong and a survivor or weak and a failure. But we are all both no one can stand alone we all have good times and bad times. The world would be a better place if we were not afraid to show people they are not alone in the struggles they go through

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        chocolate 

        5 years ago

        wow! how deep. The beautiful part of pain is the character that is shaped by it. " If you looked into my eyes I wonder if you could see history fold from the depth of my soul, like an ocean the bottom runs deep" I love that part. very deep and profound.

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        harriett 

        5 years ago

        The eyes are the window to a persons soul. I can imagine the trials you went through to write something so beautiful, yet deeply. but you hit it on point when you said it's through the fire we learn our inner strength. God does not cause us to suffer but he allows it to shape and mold our character and I can see from your writings that is exactlly what has happened in you. Keep growing with God girl.

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        brown eyes 

        5 years ago

        Very deep and inspiring poem. Yes the eyes are only a mirror to a persons soul, and who knows what lies deep within a persons heart. Beautiful and heartfelt.

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        Dana Tate 

        5 years ago from LOS ANGELES

        Yes, mabelhenry. I have gone through some trials. The adversary tried to steal my joy but through prayer and perserverance I overcame. I can truly do all things through Christ who strengthens me and it was a pleasure to share my testimony with others. Thank you so much for commenting.

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        mabelhenry 

        5 years ago from Harrisburlg, Pennsylvania

        Yes, eyes are the mirror of the soul. This is a beautiful poem. It speaks to pain and tells it to hush and shhh. You can't define me pain even if you happen again and again. I will just get back up and try. You must have gone through something for your soul to resonate such triumph.

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        Dana Tate 

        5 years ago from LOS ANGELES

        I will. Thank you for your kind words and appreciation

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        Yadaiyah LaSakalhaahmath 

        5 years ago

        i love this poem also...keep writin' sistah...peace

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        Dana Tate 

        5 years ago from LOS ANGELES

        Thank you for commenting. Your support is appreciated

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        nikki 

        5 years ago

        those words are truly inspiring

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        Dana Tate 

        5 years ago from LOS ANGELES

        Thank you so much for your kind words, and thanks for the vote up !

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        Dana Tate 

        5 years ago from LOS ANGELES

        Thank you Victoria, I tried to find two eyes but couldn't so the one had to do...Thanks for commenting.

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        Dana Tate 

        5 years ago from LOS ANGELES

        Careermommy, Thank you so much for your encouraging message. And thanks for the vote up. I really appreciate that.

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        Author Victoria Sheffield 

        5 years ago from Georgia

        The eye is stunning!

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        O William 

        5 years ago

        Gold nuggets of wisdom wrapped in these inspiring words. Look deep in the eyes and you'll see the real me, wow! Voted up.

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        Tirralan Watkins 

        5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

        Dana, this is a very inspiring and beautiful poem. What a great message you've told. It encompasses strength ,and perseverance and power. This is voted up and shared.

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        Rachael Platten 

        5 years ago

        Good to know.

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        Dana Tate 

        5 years ago from LOS ANGELES

        Psychikscy, Thank you so much for commenting. Judging a person by who they are and not what they look like is true in part. The poem basically means smiles can fool you but u can tell someone's true character if you look deeply into their eyes.

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        Rachael Platten 

        5 years ago

        You have a lot of inspirational things to say. I especially like the one about looking at the eyes instead of a smile or in otherwords, correct me if I am wrong, who the person is and not what they look like.

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        Tiffany Pasquale 

        5 years ago from a place somewhere in my paradise Etheas.

        You're very welcome Dana and I find it always a pleasure to partake of truly beautiful and honest things.

        I admire your strength and stand by your side!

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        Dana Tate 

        5 years ago from LOS ANGELES

        Queen, thank you so much for you beautiful comment. It took awhile for me ti find my inner strength and learn myself worth I am so pleased someone else can identify with the struggles i've been through.

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        Tiffany Pasquale 

        5 years ago from a place somewhere in my paradise Etheas.

        This is a truly beautiful poem and I can say that these words echo the very ones I have attempted to put word to for so long.

        I find myself speechless simply because... I think there are things we well never be able to put words to but with windows to the soul one could see fire and ice and the strength that rages within them. Like music they echo the beauty of the world but when it boils down to it... there is nothing to say.

        Only to see.

        To feel what lies beneath; that... is seeing the soul through the window to it and that is what makes us beautiful.

        Absolutely... beautiful.

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