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No Shame

Sometimes a song can touch a nerve, recalling memories through the years

They all come rushing back even though you fight the tears

More than just the song, its deeper meaning behind the words

Speak to a personal truth, reaching through a world of hurt

Bringing both hope and reminding you of precious things lost

It seems there will always be some kind of cost

But there is beauty in the pain

And there's still laughter in the rain

Of course that doesn't mean the road never gets too rough

Too much becomes too much and enough is enough

Suddenly your world shatters into a million pieces

But your strength and power within only increases

All those tiny shards are reflections of the pain

As well as reflections of all there is to gain

There are times complete brokenness is what you're needing

Because it is what eventually stops the bleeding

Putting some of the pieces back into place

While discarding others to be replaced

The scars may take longer to heal when they run so deep

But even though they still may make you weep

There's no shame in falling apart

Especially if you still know who you are


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Venkatachari M 6 months ago from Hyderabad, India

Beautiful lines. It's true that some of the songs touch and penetrate through our hearts piercing it into pieces. It leaves us much depressed and desperate for some time.

The video is also nice and matching to the occasion.


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ChitrangadaSharan 6 months ago from New Delhi, India

What a beautiful poem, expressing deep emotions!

I can relate to your poem. Some songs and lyrics touch your heart . Your picture is so compatible with the weaving of your words.

Thank you for sharing!


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ahorseback 6 months ago

Hi Shannie ,sorry I've been away awhile , this is awesome ! As a man - I always assume that falling apart was a weakness and that's a constant for many men , especially for older schooled men . I know that I don't believe I even ever cried in front of anyone until I was in my thirties or forties , it was far more acceptable to run off quickly to suffer in silence and solitude . Maybe even the scariest part about all that was that it was ingrained in me , and many others ,without it ever even being spoken !

Men ! such inverted souls huh ? It takes women like you to teach it to to both ,older and younger men . Older as in friends and younger as in your own children . God bless you !


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Jodah 6 months ago from Queensland Australia

Shanmarie, we can relate many songs to certain events in our lives so they bring back memories, both good and bad. I for one can get very emotional when I hear certain songs. Good poem.


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billybuc 6 months ago from Olympia, WA

Love the last line. That was quick action on the Voice video....I love your poetry and I love The Voice. LOL....in that order.


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Ericdierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Thank you for a great work.


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shanmarie 6 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Venkatachari. I hope the.video matches - because that song inspired it. LOL


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shanmarie 6 months ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Chitrangada. That's what I love about music. It can touch most anyone, sometimes in unexpected ways.


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always exploring 6 months ago from Southern Illinois

How wonderful to hear Alisan sing that song again! I am so hooked on the voice. Your poetry goes right into the heart. There are songs that brings tears, then some bring laughter. I can't imagine a world without music or poetry, for me, they go together.


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shanmarie 6 months ago from Texas Author

Aww, Ed. It's not just a man thing, though I think mostly it is, especially from older generations. But, believe it or not, I am the same way. In general, I don't like crying in front of others, but to completely fall apart is even worse for me. Especially if it's a break so big it takes days or even months to recover from. Society and experience teach us that people turn away. They leave and we pick up the piece alone, feeling as if we are wrong or somehow to blame.


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shanmarie 6 months ago from Texas Author

Oh yes, Jodah. Songs make me very emotional sometimes. They hit me differently in different moods too. Or sometimes they just unexpectedly hit a nerve. That's how you know a song is good, in my opinion. It brings some kind of emotion.


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shanmarie 6 months ago from Texas Author

What can I say, Bill? I guess I've been down that road, too. Gotta get moving when inspiration strikes! LOL I really enjoy The Voice as well, but I don't think a song from it has ever inspired me like this before. It might've also been that her duet version of "You've Got a Friend" also touched a nerve. But that song itself is emotionally attached to certain events in my life now so it could've been anyone other than Alisan and Christina singing it. Whatever reason, my muse said, "Write. And do it now! Lest you forget."


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shanmarie 6 months ago from Texas Author

Hi, Eric. Good to see you. Thanks.


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shanmarie 6 months ago from Texas Author

Hi, Ruby. I knew they made music videos, but I was surprised to find the live performances on YouTube already. The inspirational songs are the best. I'm glad she did one. I think she's got enough fans for a career whether she wins or not. Anyway, I agree with you about both music and poetry.


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Faith Reaper 6 months ago from southern USA

Dear Shan,

You've expressed so much truth here in this deeply felt poem. Just the other day I was listening to Faith Radio, and the speaker was speaking to this very topic of how when we go through such painful events in our lives, that is how we become stronger and then later able to share with others what we went through who are suffering through the same issues.

Well, I am not stating it well here, but your poetry is profoundly heartfelt.

Hugs and much peace to you and yours


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shanmarie 6 months ago from Texas Author

Hi, Faith. Yes, it does help to know we only become stronger and that we can help others because of it.

I am generally a positive person, but it's hard when I am surrounded by negativity. And I was thinking as I was writing about how sometimes falling apart is the way to regain the optimism when it all overwhelms.


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Missy Smith 6 months ago from Florida

Music is a joy to me. There are songs that can do exactly what you describe here in your poem, Shanmarie. I go on a journey through music everyday.

I see you were an Alison Porter fan, and she is really talented. I loved her original song she had sung on the finale show. She deserved the win. Her rendition of "Somewhere" was gorgeous as well; "Somewhere" has to be one of my favorite songs of all times. Of course, I could never turn my back on Babs (Barbra Streisand). Her version is the best, but Alison did a wonderful job.

Your poem was awesome! I loved every powerful word of it. You are a real talent, Shanmarie. Great job! :)


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shanmarie 6 months ago from Texas Author

Hi, Missy. I was just thinking about how I hadn't yet checked out your new hub and then here you are on mine!

Yes, I was an Alisan Porter fan. Especially after she did that song. But there were many people worthy of being there this season. She did a good job on her covers, but usually the originals are best, so I hear ya on that.

Thank you so much, Missy.


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MsDora 6 months ago from The Caribbean

Beautiful message, Shanmarie. "But your strength and power within only increases . . . As well as reflections of all there is to gain." After all, there is benefit (as well as beauty) from from the pain.


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shanmarie 6 months ago from Texas Author

Hi, MsDora. I am glad to feel both joy and pain. Not because I love anguish, but because I appreciate the joy that much more. It's always hardest when the pain is fresh.


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AudreyHowitt 6 months ago from California

I think we know who we are by the scars we carry--really a beautiful write!


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shanmarie 6 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Audry. The scars definitely help shape us, that's for sure.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 6 months ago from Riga, Latvia

Lovely and most emotional poetry.


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shanmarie 6 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Gypsy. I am glad you like it.


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fpherj48 6 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Beautiful and moving. Most of all very true. There are songs that become a part of us and never leave our heart. Music has such power and can cause a myriad of emotions, some that make us cry or those that bring a smile.

For me, there is just few moments when I want no music, not even a sound. When I am in that damned deep hole as dark as dark can be~~the one that hangs around to remind me what I can't forget. It's those wretched moments, only dead silence will do......I'll never know why that is.........Great Poetry Miss Shan Marie


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shanmarie 6 months ago from Texas Author

Hi, Paula. Sometimes only silence will do. I've been in holes like that a time or two. No sounds. No people around. Words can't comfort during those times and sad music or songs that remind us of what we can't forget only make the hole deeper. But that's also the point of what I wrote. Sometimes those darkest of dark times just happen. But we eventually see the light again.


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Shyron E Shenko 5 months ago

Beautiful description of life and emotion, this is what poetry is all about, the broken heart and mending it.

Blessings my friend


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shanmarie 5 months ago from Texas Author

I suppose life is that way, Shyron. Without the pain we wouldn't appreciate the joy as fully.


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Mel Carriere 5 months ago from San Diego California

The great poet Morissey said "Don't forget the songs that made you cry, and the songs that saved your life. Yes you're older now, and you're a clever swine, but they were the only ones who ever stood by you."

Isn't it true that songs from the past can make us, smile, cry, and even save us from jumping off the bridge from time to time, because they make us realize there is someone out there who has felt what we have felt, and we are not alone after all.

Great poem! You poured your heart into it.


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shanmarie 5 months ago from Texas Author

Excellent quote, Mel! Everything you said about certain songs is true. Thanks for visiting and commenting.


Kathleen Cochran 5 months ago

Oh, I am soooo sharing this poem. There is just so much in it and the last line is full of simple truth. Thank you for adding this one to your volume of work.


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shanmarie 5 months ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Kathleen! I really appreciate that.


word55 7 weeks ago

I told you Shanon, that I would start reading your hubs. I enjoy your ideas, poems and sentiments.


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shanmarie 6 weeks ago from Texas Author

Thank you, word. I'm very glad you stopped by and especially that you enjoy what you read.


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shanmarie 6 weeks ago from Texas Author

Thank you, word. I'm very glad you stopped by and especially that you enjoy what you read.

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